Biography of Alexander Gray
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ALEXANDER GRAY, superintendent of the bureau of electric lighting of Allegheny city, Pa., is a resident of the second ward of the city, where he was born in 1856. His parents, Alexander and Anna Gray, were of Scotch Irish stock, coming from Ireland in 1849, and settling in Allegheny city, where his father died in 1881. As a boy, Alexander attended the old second ward school, in which he received most of his education. On leaving school, he started to learn the plumbers trade with John Patton, one of the leading plumbers of Allegheny city, but after two years he gave up the undertaking, and for the next year he was employed in a furniture store. Railroading had a peculiar fascination for him, and he left the furniture store to become a fireman on a locomotive on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago railroad. At the expiration of nearly four years in this employment he had mastered all the intricacies of the railway locomotive and was promoted to the position of an engineer. Three years later he quit the throttle to become a steam fitter with the well known firm of Kelly & Jones, of Pittsburg, with whom he continued a number of years, leaving their employ to become the chief engineer for the Standard manufacturing company, where he remained for twelve years. In April, 1903, he was appointed by Mayor Wyman to his present position for a three year term, his long experience and thorough knowledge of steam engines and appliances being his best recommendation for the place. Mr. Gray was married, in 1883, to Miss Emma Fisher, of Lawrence county, Pa. To their union three children have been born, viz.: Charles A., Henry and Dorothy Fisher Gray. In politics he is a republican, but has never been an aspirant for public office. He is a member of the Methodist church and several benevolent orders, belonging to R. Biddle Roberts lodge. No. 530, I. O. O. F. ; National Union, and various Masonic bodies, as Stuckrath lodge, No. 430; Allegheny chapter. No. 217; Allegheny commandery. No. 35, and Pittsburg consistory, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, in which he has reached the thirty second degree.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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