John D. Galbraith

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JOHN D. GALBRAITH, treasurer of the Kittanning Iron and Steel Company, was born in January, 1842, at Kittanning, a son of James and Margaret (Davison) Galbraith.

James Galbraith was born in Ireland, but was brought to the United States when only one year old, and reared and educated in Allegheny county, Pa., where he attended public school. He became one of the pioneer merchants of Kittanning, and for many years did an extensive business. During his latter years, however, he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. Being a man of high moral character, James Galbraith exerted his influence for good, and was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, as was his wife. Their children were: John D., Jane H., James R. (deceased), Lindsay, and Joseph (deceased). The father died in 1879, the mother surviving him until 1901. Her father, John Davison, the maternal grandfather of John D. Galbraith, was born, it is believed, in Armstrong county, where he was reared, and rounded out his useful life.

John D. Galbraith attended the Kittanning public schools, and the academy of that city, and when still a boy began clerking in his father's store. Later on he taught school in Armstrong county for several years, leaving that profession to become bookkeeper for the Monticello Furnace Company, Red Bank Furnace Company and Kittanning Iron and Steel Company. Remaining with this concern, he has risen steadily and since 1894 has been its treasurer. In addition he is a stockholder in the National Kittanning Bank, and one of its directors.

For many years Mr. Galbraith has been very prominent in the Presbyterian Church of Kittanning, for several years having been an elder, and all the time interested in Sunday school work. Like his father he exerts his influence toward moral uplift, and is a very desirable citizen.

Source: Pages 444, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Vaughn Davis for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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