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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JAMES P. LEARN, dry-goods merchant, McKeesport, was born in Bell township, Westmoreland county, Pa., in 1815, a son of Andrew and Fanny (Piper) Learn, his parents having been among the pioneers of Westmoreland county. Our subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He settled, in 1858, in McKeesport, where for six years he served as clerk in a general store. In 1864 he embarked in trade for himself at Camden station, and soon thereafter engaged in business in McKeesport, in partnership with several others, continuing until 1885, since which time he has been conducting a successful dry-goods business by himself. His wife was Rachel King, daughter of James King, a prominent coal-dealer of this county in his day. Mr.. Learn is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and has been superintendent of the Sabbath-school seventeen years. He is a member of the McKeesport school Board and a director of the People’s bank; in politics he is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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