JAMES FAIRLEY FOULIS, justice of the peace of Kittanning, Armstrong county, and engaged in business at that point as a merchant tailor, has lived there all his life, having been born in Kittanning Feb. 19, 1872.
James Foulis, his father, was a native of Kinross, Scotland, where he spent his early life, marrying there. After the birth of his eldest child, Alexander, he came with his family to this country, in 1871, settling at Kitttanning, Armstrong Co., Pa., where he passed the remainder of his life. By trade he was a stone cutter, and his first work here was on the stone jail. When he died, Jan. 2, 1886, he was in his prime, being fifty-three years of age.
His wife, Janet Fairley, was born in 1847, daughter of William and Margaret Fairley, of Luntuttigo, Scotland, the former of whom was a weaver by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Fairley had five children, namely: William and Alexander, who died in Scotland; Janet, Mrs. Foulis; Margaret, Mrs. Wright, who resides in Scotland; and Elsie, of Scotland, who is unmarried.
Mrs. Foulis died March 4, 1895, when forty-nine years old. She and her husband were members of the United Presbyterian Church. They were the parents of three children: Alexander, a railroad engineer, who was killed in a wreck in June, 1908; James Fairley; and William, a druggist, of Wickboro, Armstrong county.
James Fairley Foulis grew up at Kittanning and obtained his education in the public schools there. When he went to work he commenced to learn the trade of tailor, which with the exception of three years, when he was proprietor of the "Citizens Hotel," he has ever since continued to follow. He has been quite prominent in politics and public affairs in the borough. His father was a stanch believer in the principles of the Republican party, and he himself has been one of its strong adherents in this section. He has served three years, 1906-07-08, as member of the council, and in November, 1911 was elected justice of the peace in Kittanning. His services to the community have been intelligent and faithful, and his fellow citizens appreciate the good work he has done in the various positions of trust to which he has been called. Fraternally he is a high Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree. He is an Episcopalian in religious connection.
On Aug. 13, 1896, Mr. Foulis married Nancy Lenora Kron, daughter of George P. Kron, of Kittanning, who is mentioned else where in this work. They have no children.
Source: Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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