Harry P Boarts

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HARRY P. BOARTS, attorney at law of Kittanning, which borough he served as mayor from March 1, 1909, to Jan. 1, 1914, was born on a farm in Kittanning township, son of Frederick and Sarah J. (Marsh) Boarts.

Mr. Boarts attended public school in Kittanning township and Greensburg Academy, following which he taught school in both Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, becoming principal of the Leechburg high school in 1901. From 1901-1903 he was principal of Vandergrift Heights public schools, in Westmoreland county. Having earned the money by teaching to pay for a college course, he entered Grove City College, from which he was graduated in 1900. He studied law in his spare moments, with the late Judge Calvin Rayburn, of Kittannnig, and was admitted to the bar of Armstrong county December 23, 1903. Immediately thereafter Mr. Boarts began the practice of his profession in Kittanning, and has risen to eminence in it. In 1909, the people of the borough showed their appreciation of him as a man by electing him mayor, by a majority of 276 votes. As he was a candidate of the Democratic party, and Kittanning is one of the Republican strongholds, his election was a flattering tribute to his personal popularity. During his incumbency of the high office Mr. Boarts proved conclusively that his constituents judged wisely when they decided that he would give the city an honest, progressive and business-like administration.

Source: Pages 301-324 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers, & Co. 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Donna Sheaffer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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