Alexander Brush
Portrait of Brush, ca. 1870
30th and 34th Mayor of Buffalo, New York
In office
Preceded bySolomon Scheu
Succeeded byGrover Cleveland
In office
Preceded byWilliam Findlay Rogers
Succeeded byLewis P. Dayton
Personal details
BornFebruary 8, 1824
Edinburgh, Scotland
DiedJune 1, 1892(1892-06-01) (aged 68)
At sea
Political partyRepublican
Lucinda Bucklin
(m. 1862; died 1862)

Sarah Warner Leonard
(m. 1866⁠–⁠1892)
Residence(s)Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Alexander Brush (February 8, 1824 – June 1, 1892) was a Scottish Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1870–1873 and 1880–1881.[1]

Early life

He was born on February 8, 1824, at Edinburgh, Scotland.[2]


In 1848, he moved to Buffalo and opened a brick making business.[3]

Brush first served as Alderman for the third Ward in 1861 and reelected to that position until becoming street commissioner. He was elected mayor November 2, 1869, as the Republican candidate.[4] He was re-elected in a special election held in February 1872.[3]

During his term the cornerstone was laid for the County and City Hall, which was not completed until early in 1876. At the end of his second term, he declined to be a candidate for re-election. In 1879, six years after retiring from public office, on November 4, 1879, he was once again elected mayor and served until 1881.[3]

Personal life

In April 1862, he married Lucinda Bucklin (1840–1862) of Titusville, Pennsylvania; she died within the year and he remarried in 1866 to Mrs. Sarah A. (née Warner) Leonard (1835–1902) of South Wales, New York.[3]

He died while traveling across the ocean to Europe on June 1, 1892. His body was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Gale Research Company. 1980. p. 700. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Alexander Brush". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 27 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  4. ^ Revised Charter of the City of Buffalo: With the By-laws and Ordinances and Other Acts, Applicable to the City of Buffalo, and the Officers Thereof : Together with the Names of the Officers of the City Government from Its Corporation as a City in 1832, to 1878, Inclusive. Buffalo, N.Y.: Printing House of Young, Lockwood & Company. 1878. p. 21. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
Political offices Preceded byWilliam Findlay Rogers Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1870–1873 Succeeded byLewis P. Dayton Preceded bySolomon Scheu Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1880–1881 Succeeded byGrover Cleveland