Ebenezer Walden
1838waldens.jpg
Portrait of Ebenezer Walden
8th Mayor of Buffalo
In office
1838–1839
Preceded byPierre A. Barker
Succeeded byHiram Pratt
Personal details
Born1777
Massachusetts
Died(1857-11-10)November 10, 1857
Lake View, New York
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Suzanna Marvin
Childrenfour children
"Ebenezer Walden". 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. 2009-05-27. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-29.

Ebenezer Walden (1777–1857) was mayor of Buffalo, New York, serving in 1838–1839. He was born in 1777 in Massachusetts. In 1799, he graduated from Williams College, then made his way to Oneida County, New York where he studied law. In 1806, he was admitted to the New York State bar and moved to Buffalo. For nearly two years Walden was the only lawyer west of Batavia. He invested heavily in real estate in this area, owning what became known as Walden Farm at what is now Fillmore and Walden Avenue. In 1812, he married Suzanna Marvin.[1]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara Co.) in 1812. During the War of 1812 Walden leased land to the Federal government and the Buffalo Barracks are erected. The front portion of the barracks later became what is the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. He was one of the few who stayed behind during the burning of Buffalo and trying to save as many lives as possible. Walden's home was used by General Winfield Scott as his headquarters. After the war, he erected the first brick dwelling in Buffalo.[1]

He was one of the four original trustees of the village of Buffalo and served as a member of the Buffalo Harbor Company, which improved Buffalo's harbor to attract the village as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Walden became the first judge of Erie County Court in 1823 and held the position for five years. He was a presidential elector in 1828. In the 1830s, Walden was among the city leaders who supported the creation of a "University of Western New-York," which was chartered by the New York State Legislature in 1836. Walden donated property in support of the project, however the university would not ultimately develop; this effort did, however, lay the foundation for the 1846 establishment of the University of Buffalo (later University at Buffalo, SUNY).[2][3]

On March 13, 1838, the Common Council met and made Walden its choice for mayor. During his term, the entire school system was reorganized. After his term as mayor, Walden retired to his farm in Lake View, New York. He died there on November 10, 1857, and was buried in the Myer-Walden mausoleum in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ebenezer Walden". 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. 2009-05-27. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  2. ^ Park, Julian (1918). A history of the University of Buffalo, 1846-1917. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society Publications, V. 22. p. 6. hdl:2027/coo.31924067077333. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ Hough, Franklin B., M. D. Ph. D. (1885). Historical and Statistical record of the University of the State of New York During the Century from 1784 to 1884. Albany, New York: Printed by Authority of the legislature, Weed, Parsons & Company. p. 360.
Political offices Preceded byPierre A. Barker Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1838–1839 Succeeded bySheldon Thompson