WILLIAM FISHER and MARY (DUNLOP) FISHER, his wife, both now deceased, were natives of Paisley, Scotland. Mr.
Fisher was born Dec. 22, 1822; attended school, and learned the trade of a broadcloth weaver in Paisley, and came
to America in 1845. He located at Canton, Ohio, to which place his brother, James, had come some years before.
There he worked for awhile at his trade, when he removed to Pennsylvania, locating at Pittsburg. Finding no opportunity
open to him as a weaver, he found employment in various occupations for a time, and then entered the iron works
of James Rees as an apprentice. By close attention to his duties, he learned rapidly and was promoted accordingly
until he became the foreman of the works. A little later he purchased an interest in an iron mill at Sixteenth
street and Penn avenue, and finally bought out the other five partners, becoming the sole owner of the works. About
the year 1881 he removed to Twenty fourth and Smallman streets, where he continued the business until his death,
which occurred May 5, 1895. During his residence in Pennsylvania he lived in Allegheny city, Glenfield and Pittsburg.
In all these places he was affiliated with the Presbyterian church, to which he was a liberal contributor. He was
also a prominent Mason, being a member of St. John's lodge, No. 219, F. and A. M.; Zerubbabel chapter. No. 162,
R. A. M.; charter member of Ascalon commandery. No. 59, K. T., and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, thirty second
degree, S. P. R. S. Mary Dunlop was the daughter of William Ritchie and Martha (Lang) Dunlop. Her father was a
shawl manufacturer of Paisley, and she learned the business of shawl making in her father's factory. At the time
of her marriage to William Fisher, she was the widow of Mr. Mackie, but had no children. Her father was a native
of Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; he was twice married, and by his first wife he had several children, all of
whom, except William and Mary, died young. After the death of his first wife, he married Isabella Marshall. One
son, David, was born to this second marriage. When he was about five years old he removed with his parents to Glasgow,
where he learned the business of designing, engraving and lithographing, and since 1890 he has been a resident
of Pittsburg. William Fisher and Mary Dunlop were married at Allegheny city, July 3, 1850. To them were born eleven
children, viz.: Janet, born April 7, 1851. now the wife of Thomas McNeill, of Homewood, Pa.; Martha, born Feb.
5, 1853, married William Phillips, and died May 3, 1899; David, born Feb. 27, 1855, and died Nov. 26, 1897; William,
born Feb. 26, 1857, and died July 22, 1868; James, born Oct. 30, 1858, and died Nov. 21, 1872; Mary, born Nov.
7, 1860, and now the wife of George Gray; Andrew, born April 11, 1863; Elizabeth, born July 24, 1865, and now the
wife of A. F. Leggate, a real estate dealer on Fourth avenue, Pittsburg, Pa.; Isabella, born July 24, 1865, now
the wife of Albert N. Fames; Margaret, born Dec. 4, 1867, and died Oct. 11, 1888, and Lilly, born March 13, 1870.
Mrs. William Fisher died Feb. 2, 1900. Andrew Fisher was born in the third ward, Allegheny city, Pa. He was educated
in the public schools of Allegheny city and Glenfield, a private school in Allegheny city, and two years in the
Western University of Pennsylvania. He then read law in the office of John Barton & Sons, one of the leading
law firms of Pittsburg, and was admitted to the bar of Allegheny county, Dec. 22, 1888, since which time he has
been in continuous practice. He practices in all of the local. State and federal courts, though he confines his
practice entirely to civil cases. He was married in Allegheny city, Feb. 27, 1890, to Miss Evalina L., a daughter
of August and Henrietta Hartje. They have three children: Eleanor Marie, born May 16, 1892; Harold Edward, born
Jan. 31, 1895, and Henrietta, born Oct. 21, 1899. The family lives in the twenty second ward, and both Mr. and
Mrs, Fisher belong to the Presbyterian church.
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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