Reuben A. McCullough


REUBEN A. McCULLOUGH, attorney at law, and one of the eminent men of his profession in active practice at Kittanning, was born in Wayne township, this county, July 7, 1859. He is a son of David and Frances (Hoffman) McCullough.

Alexander McCullough, his great-grandfather, was a pioneer in eastern Pennsylvania, and served two years in the American army during the Revolution.

David McCullough, Sr., paternal grand-father of Reuben A. McCullough, came from Lancaster county to Westmoreland county, Pa., settling near Salem.

David McCullough, Jr., was born in 1820. About 1845 he moved to Mahoning township, Armstrong county, and worked as a wheelwright and farmer. In the year 1878 he went to Cedar county, Nebr., where he devoted himself exclusively to farming. During the Civil war he enlisted in Company A, 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and at the expiration of his term of service reenlisted, serving until the close of the war. He entered the service as a private, but when discharged held the rank of lieutenant. Having been connected with the Army of the Potomac, he participated in every battle the 61st Pennsylvania was engaged in during the war, and had the misfortune to be slightly disabled at Fair Oaks and the Wilderness, and also in the charge at Mary's Heights, before Fredericksburg. Originally a Democrat, before the close of the war he became a Republican, and affiliated thereafter with the party. In his after life he serve as justice of the peace for a number of years. Having been baptized in the faith of the Reformed Church, he attended services held by that denomination. His wife was a daughter of George Hoffman, who came from eastern Pennsylvania, and settled near Harrison City, Westmoreland county. Her paternal grandfather, Goode, was a commissioned officer in the Revolution. Mr. and Mrs. David McCullough had twelve children. She died in 1867, and her husband later married a Mrs. Conger, of Clarion county, Pa. The eleven children of the McCullough family who grew to maturity (for one died young) were: Margaret, wife of John Doverspike; Sarah, wife of William Shields; Lavina, wife of Robert Montgomery; Susan, wife of David Walton; Nora, wife of Clark Olsen, of Nebraska; Rev. Charles, now deceased, a minister of the United Brethren Church; David; Hiram; John, deceased; Reuben A., and William.

Reuben A. McCullough attended public school in Mahoning township, and Oakland Academy, from which after a four years' course, he was graduated in 1882. He then studied law under Edward S. Golden, and edited a country paper for a livelihood, and was admitted to the Armstrong county bar in 1887. That same year, he began the practice of his profession. In 1904 he entered into a law partnership with H. A. Heilman, of Kittanning, under the firm name of McCullough & Heilman. After four years this partnership was dissolve, and since then Mr. McCullough has continued alone. He has for some years been solicitor for Kittanning borough. In 1909 he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for county judge. Mr. McCullough was sent by his district as a delegate to the Democratic national convention held at Chicago in 1896, and was one of the two Pennsylvania delegates who refused to bolt that stormy convention after the free silver platform was adopted, contending the right of the majority to rule. For several years he served as chairman of the Democratic county committee. His religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian Church of Kittanning, and for several years has been an elder in same. Not only is he active in church work, but is teacher of the John Orr Bible class, consisting of about 160 members. Mr. McCullough is recognized as one of the most efficient and interesting Bible class teachers in the State, and the people of Kittanning take deep pride in the standing of this very remarkable class.

In 1889, Mr. McCullough was married (first) to Susan Heeter, daughter of George Heeter, of Clarion county. Three children were born of this marriage: Ruby, Ward and Charles. Mrs. McCullough died in 1894. In 1898, Mr. McCullough married (second) Ada M. Brown, daughter of Robert E. Brown, of Kittanning, a prominent attorney and successful iron manufacturer of that city.

Source: Page(s) PAGES 422-423,
Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914

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