MARTIN NELSON McGEARY is a representative member of the bar of Westmoreland county, and is of the fourth generation of his family in this attractive division of the Keystone commonwealth, where his ancestors settled in the eighteenth century, while the name has ever since been honorably linked with the industrial and civic history or the county. Mr. McGeary was born on the homestead farm in Allegheny township, this county September 10, 1860, and is a son of John E. and Sarah Jane (McLaughlin) McGeary, both of whom were born and reared in the same township, where they still maintain their home, the father having devoted his active career to agricultural pursuits and being one of the prominent and influential farmers of the county, where he has ever commanded the unequivocal confidence and esteem of his fellowmen. He is a Republican in his political proclivities, and both he and his wife have long been members of the United Presbyterian church. Of their seven children six are living, the subject of this review having been the eldest in order of the birth. John E. McGeary is a son of James and Margaret (Elliott) McGeary, the former of whom was born in Allegheny township, this county, in 1801, while the latter was born near the city of Pittsburg.
Martin N. McGeary was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm, and after completing the curriculum of the public schools entered the Pennsylvania State College, where he remained as a student for three years. Upon leaving school he began reading law in the office of the well known firm of Marchand & Gaithers, of Greensburg, an he devoted himself with all earnestness and appreciative effort to his technical study until he realized his ambition, being admitted to the bar of his native county April 17, 1887. Since that time he has pressed steadily forward to the mark of his calling, has gained recognition as one of the well equipped lawyers of the county, and has built up an excellent practice of representative character. He is known as a strong and spirited trial lawyer and ever gives careful preparation to every cause which he presents before court or jury, while in counsel he is discriminating and conservative. In politics Mr. McGeary is found stanchly arrayed as a supporter of the principles and policies of the Republican party, and in a fraternal way is identified with Westmoreland Lodge, No. 518, A. F. A. M. ; and Greensburg Lodge, No. 511, B. P. O. E. He is a member of the United Presbyterian church. Mr. McGeary married, July 31, 1901, Agnes Huston, born and reared in Fairfield township, this county, daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Huston, the former of whom is on the representative farmers of the locality, while he was formerly a successful school teacher.
Source Pages 66 & 67 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II,Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
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