WEBER, John Baptiste (1842-1926)

WEBER, JOHN BAPTISTE, a Representative from New York; born in Buffalo, N.Y., September 21, 1842; attended public and private schools and the Central School of Buffalo; enlisted in the Civil War as a private in the Forty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, August 7, 1861, and was rapidly promoted, attaining the rank of colonel of the Eighty-ninth United States Colored Infantry; engaged in the wholesale grocery business; assistant postmaster of Buffalo 1871-1873; sheriff of Erie County 1874-1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1888; grade-crossing commissioner of the city of Buffalo 1888-1908; commissioner of immigration at the port of New York 1890-1893; commissioner general of the Pan American Exposition at Buffalo in 1901; died in Lackawanna, N.Y., on December 18, 1926; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Alfred H. (Alfred Henry) Kirchhofer Papers, ca. 1888-1982, 23.5 linear feet.
Other authors include John B. Weber.

Papers: In the Legal registers, Erie County sheriffs' assignments and Buffalo Superior Court trial testimony, 1849-1878, 4 folders.
The papers contain a letter from Grover Cleveland to John B. Weber written on January 1, 1874.


New York State Library
New York State Historical Documents
Albany, NY
Papers: ca. 1878-1909, 40 items.
The collection of letters are from Ossian Bedell, Consul at Fort Erie; and many in French and German concerning John B. Weber's mission to Russia in 1891 regarding Jews. Also included are newsclippings and letters, 1878, regarding the Bork case involving compensation due Weber as sheriff of Erie County, a passport from 1909, and protested notes of Smith and Lapham, jobbers in teas and groceries, later succeeded by Smith and Weber.