ROBERT J. CUNNINGHAM, controller of Allegheny county, Pa., was born at Elizabeth, Pa., in 1860, and came to
the second ward, Pittsburg, with his parents when three years old. From there the family moved to Sewickley, Allegheny
county, which Mr. Cunningham has since made his home. When a boy, he attended school in Pittsburg, graduating from
the Pittsburg schools in 1872, and then finished his schooling at Dickson's academy in Sewickley, from which he
graduated in 1878. Mr. Cunningham became a pilot on the river, under his father, Capt. William Cunningham, and
was so engaged for three years. After this he spent a year as circulation man for the Pittsburg Times, and for
two years was special editor of the Sunday edition of the Pittsburg Leader. In 1892 he took up the life insurance
business, in which he was engaged for several years, until he was elected to his present responsible position.
Before this he was for seven years a member of the Sewickley council. Mr. Cunningham is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a prominent republican, and is actively interested
in local party affairs.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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