Joseph G. Masten
13th and 15th Mayor of Buffalo
In office
1843–1844; 1845–1846
Preceded byGeorge William Clinton, William Ketchum
Succeeded byWilliam Ketchum, Solomon G. Haven
Personal details
BornJune 24, 1809
Red Hook, New York
DiedApril 15, 1871(1871-04-15) (aged 61)
Buffalo, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christina Cameron
Childrenthree children

Joseph Griffiths Masten (1809–1871) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving in 1843–1844 and 1845–1846.


He was born in Red Hook, New York on June 24, 1809. He graduated from Union College in 1828, then went on to study law and pass the bar. In 1836 Masten moved to Buffalo and established a law practice. He and his wife, the former Christina Cameron, were the first civilian owners of the Wilcox Mansion on Delaware Avenue.[2]

He accepted nomination as a Democratic candidate for Mayor in 1843 and was elected March 7, 1843. During his first term, the office of comptroller was created; Buffalo's Irish immigrants celebrated their first St. Patrick's day; and the ordnance requiring that sidewalks and gutters be kept free from snow and dirt was adopted. In 1845 he sought and won a second mayoral term. On March 10, 1846, Masten's last term as Mayor of Buffalo ended.[2]

From 1856 until his death in 1871, Masten held the position of superior court judge, joining George W. Clinton and Isaac Verplanck for the larger portion of that time. He also served as a Justice in the 8th Judicial District of the State of New York. He was a founding councilman for the Medical School that became the University at Buffalo. The Masten City Council district is named after him. He died on April 15, 1871, and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b c "Joseph G. Masten". 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 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
Political offices Preceded byGeorge William Clinton Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1843–1844 Succeeded byWilliam Ketchum Preceded byWilliam Ketchum Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1845–1846 Succeeded bySolomon G. Haven
Buffalo Mayor, March, 1843
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph G. Masten 1,639 57.8 -6.6
Whig Walter Joy 1,197 42.2 +6.6
Buffalo Mayor, March, 1845
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph G. Masten 1,837 54.4 +8.0
Whig Hiram Barton 1,538 45.6 -8.0