Biography of Rev. George W. Chalfant, D. D.
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

REV. GEORGE WILSON CHALFANT, D. D., who has retired from the pastorate, is descended from a Quaker family which emigrated from Chalfant, St. Giles, England, with William Penn and settled in Philadelphia. He was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1836. He graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in the year 1856. He took up the study of law for a short time, but resigned this in favor of theology, completing his course at the Western Theological Seminary. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Saltsburg in 1960, and his first pastorate was at Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, of which he took charge in April, 1861. One and a half years later he was appointed chaplain of the One Hundred and Thirtieth Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment, in which he served until after the battle of Fredericksburg. In 1863 he accepted a call to Bridgeport and Martins Ferry, Ohio, where he remained until called to Pittsburg [sic] in the spring of 1881, in order to organize the Park Avenue Presbyterian church, and continued in charge as pastor for twenty years, retiring in 1901. In 1898 he and his wife visited Japan and China, spending several months with their children in the latter country. The following year he was elected moderator of the Synod, Pennsylvania. The honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by Lafayette College. In addition to the Park Avenue church he has been largely interested in organizitig ten churches in the Pittsburg Presbytery and one in the city of Mexico, besides special work for two winters in St. Louis. He has also secured the education of some twenty young men, most of whom have entered the ministry.

He married Sarah E. Moore, daughter of William Moore, of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, and their children are as follows:

1. Rev. William Parker Chalfant, graduated at Lafayette College, 1881, and Western Theological Seminary. For over twenty years he has been a missionary of the Presbyterian church in Shantung province, North China.

2. Rev. Frank Herring Chalfant, D. D., graduated at Lafayette College, 1881, engaged in legal work for a few years and is now a missionary of the Presbyterian church in Wei Hsien, North China. He is the author of a volume on the History of the Chinese Language, published by the Carnegie Institute.

3. George Newton Chalfant, Lafayette College, 1884, engaged as a civil and mining engineer for three years. He was admitted to the Allegheny county bar in 1889 and is now practicing law in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

4. Rev. Charles Latta Chalfant, graduate of Lafayette College, is a Presbyterian minister, pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian church, of Cleveland, Ohio, of the Presbyterian church of Ashtabula, Ohio, and now pastor of Grace Presbyterian church, St. Louis, Missouri.

5. Mary B., wife of Rev. U. S. Greves, pastor of the Forty-third Street Presbyterian church, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

6. Edward Chambers Chalfant, graduate of Lafayette College and Pittsburg Law School, was admitted to the Allegheny county bar in 1898. He is now practicing law in Pittsburg and is prominently identified with mafty public interests there. He married Frances O'Hara Barr.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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