WILLIAM DONALDSON, burgess of South Greensburg, Westmoreland county, is a man who throughout his active career has exhibited clearness of perception and soundness of judgment, and has always enjoyed an enviable reputation for moral worth and integrity of character. He possesses true public spirit and uses his influence to enhance the best interests of the city, supporting all worthy enterprises. He was born in Brooks county, West Virginia, November 7, 1854, a son of William and Elizabeth R. (Charlton) Donaldson, who emigrated from New Castle on the Tyne, Northumberland county, England, in 1849, settling in East Elizabeth, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade of miner.
William Donaldson acquired a good English education in the common schools, and after completing the same pursued a course of study at the Scranton Mining School. He became a practical miner, was through and conscientious in the performance of his duties, and his perseverance and integrity was crowned with the success merited by those who steadily pursue their way through life. He was elected on the Democratic ticket to the office of burgess of South Greensburg, in which capacity he is now serving. He is a member of Knights of Puythias, and Convenant Lodge, No. 259, of Penn Station, Westmoreland county. Mr. Donaldson married February 17, 1876, Mary Altman, born October 22, 1860, in Westmoreland city, a daughter of Eli and Margaret (Seigfriet) Altman. Their children are as follows : James E., born September 26, 1879, married Mary A. Lauffer, and resides in Greensburg ; Mary E., born August 14, 1882, became the wife of Richard Mellon Murdock, and resides in South Greensburg ; Henry C., born June 9, 1887 ; Priscilla J., born March 8, 1889 ; and Margaret S., born October 22, 1892.
Source Page 55 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, the Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
Transcribed December 31, 1999 by Marilynn Wienke for the Westmoreland County History Project
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