WILLIAM A. FORD, secretary and treasurer of the Ben Franklin fire insurance company, with headquarters in the
Berry building, on Ohio street, Allegheny city, Pa., has been with that company over twenty five years, and has
worked his way up from the ranks. His parents were William W. and Mary A. Ford, both of whom are deceased. The
subject of this sketch was born in 1854, in the second ward of Allegheny. Until he was fourteen, he attended school
in his native city. Then the family removed to Newport, Ky., where they lived for several years, the father following
the occupation of a steamboat captain on the Ohio river. Here William attended the business college of Bryant,
Stratton & De Hand, and after graduating from the institution, he became a clerk on his father's boat. In 1877
he was married to Miss Lydie E. McCune, of Allegheny city. Pa., and the next year gave up the river to accept a
position with the Ben Franklin fire insurance company. In this business he rose rapidly, filling successively all
the places in the offices until he reached his present position. He and his wife have three children, William A.,
Jr., Fanny L. and Howe R. The family reside in the second ward, where for twelve years Mr. Ford has been a member
of the school board. Since taking up his residence in Allegheny city he has taken an active part in political campaigns,
in which he has always identified himself with the republican party. He has served on both the city and county
committees, and was for six years a member of the common council. He is a thirty second degree Mason, holding membership
in Stuckrath lodge, No. 430; Allegheny' chapter, No. 217; Allegheny commandery, No. 235; Pittsburg consistory;
and Syria temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum and the Heptasophs. Mr.
Ford and family attend the North Avenue Methodist Episcopal 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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