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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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JACOB H. REIFF, one of the leading young attorneys of New Cumberland, Lower Allen township, Cumberland county, Pa., was born near Lewisberry, Fairview township, York county. Nov. 7, 1869. From young boyhood he was determined upon a professional life, and after attending several schools he entered the Kutztown State Normal School, where he thoroughly prepared himself for Dickinson College. Entering that institution in 1891 he graduated in the classical course and law department in 1895. He was admitted to the Cumberland County Bar in June, 1895; to the Dauphin County Bar in July, 1896, is also a member of the York County Bar, and has been admitted to the Superior and Supreme courts. Upon entering on the practice of his profession Mr. Reiff settled at New Cumberland, where he has since made his home and established business among an excellent class, the number of his clients constantly increasing.

In politics Mr. Reiff is a Republican, and he is interested in effecting improvements in the church and the city. His religious connections are with the Methodist Church, and he is a teacher in the Sunday school, and one of the model young men of New Cumberland. Fraternally, he is a member of the Jr. O. U. A. M. and the Modern Woodmen. Needless to say his professional thoroughness and brilliance, his moral stability, and his fitness as a leader, have contributed toward making him very prominent and immensely popular in every particular.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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