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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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GEORGE HENRY MEYER, president of the German-American Insurance company, of Pittsburgh, was born near Osnabruck, Hanover, Prussia, Sept. 5, 1829, and is a son of Christian and Katrina (Schumacher) Meyer. He was reared on a farm, and received an ordinary German education. When seventeen years old he came to Pittsburgh, and immediately commenced work, in order to earn a livelihood. After a time he learned the builder’s trade, and meantime attended night school for four years. For twenty-five years he was engaged in contracting and building, and was ten years a partner, with six others, in the manufacture of glass. He also invested some of his means in an iron-manufacturing concern. Mr. Meyer was one of the original incorporators of the German-American Insurance company, in 1873, taking the position of president from the start, and to his efforts is largely due the success the Fifth avenue and Duquesne banks and the German Insurance company. He has represented the Sixth ward three times in the city council, and in the school board, and was several years a trustee in the G. L. Church, with which his family is associated. He is a republican. Mr. Meyer was married, in 1852, to Eliza Gustvogel, who was born in the same locality as himself, and they have five living children: George, a builder; Frederick F., a glass-presser; Elizabeth; William F., member of a wholesale grocery firm, and Margaret M.

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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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