Samuel Wilkeson Edit Profile
During the War of 1812 Wilkeson was asked to build a fleet of ships for the U.S. Army at Buffalo, brought his family there, and opened a general store. In 1815, he became the village's first Justice of the Peace and later chosen as a village trustee. In the early 1820s, he led the project to improve the harbor to make it suitable as the canal terminus.
In February 1821, Wilkeson was appointed First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and held this position until 1824. His later ventures included building the first steam boiler in Buffalo and operating foundries or factories in several areas of the city. In 1822, Samuel Wilkeson was elected to the New York State Assembly and in 1824 was elected to the New York State Senate.
In 1836, he was elected mayor of Buffalo. During his term he focused on law enforcement issues and presided over a city in the depths of a nationwide financial depression. After his term, in 1838, he became general agent of the American Colonization Society, who wanted to colonize African-Americans in Liberia.
His body was brought back to Buffalo and buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
He was a member of the Buffalo Harbor Company that brought the terminus of the Erie Canal to Buffalo, versus its rival Black Rock.
Married Jane Oram, before 1802. Married second, Sarah St.; married 3d, Mary Peters.