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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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WILLIAM M. GALBRAITH, attorney at law, residence Chartiers borough, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, in March, 1856, to Matthew W. and Phoebe (Keys) Galbraith.

William Galbraith, his grandfather, emigrated from County Antrim, Ireland, to America in 1818, and located on Raccoon creek, near Burgettstown, Washington county, Pa. He followed farming, and was one of the most prominent men in the community. William M. received a common-school education, supplemented by a few terms at the Sewickley Academy. He was associate principal of the public schools in McKeesport; principal of Oakdale Academy four years; of the Pitts burgh Academy two years, and recently principal of Chartiers borough public schools two years. He studied law under Judge Magee and Henry A. Davis, and was admitted to the Allegheny county bar June 30, 1886. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum; politically 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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