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Jacob Frederick Schoellkopf Jr.

Born: 1858
Death: 1942

Jacob Frederick Schoellkopf (1819-1899) emigrated to Buffalo from Germany in 1844. After a few years he established Schoellkopf & Company which became the largest sheep tannery in the world. He is most known for his purchase of the Niagara Falls water and power rights in 1877. Forming the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power & Manufacturing Company Schoellkopf became the first to generate electricity using Niagara Falls. The money for the former Schoellkopf Hall was generously donated by his descendants as a permanent memorial to the family.

Affiliation(s): Buffalo Connection Only
Record Group(s): 3