Biography of James W. Gray
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JAMES W. GRAY, superintendent of the bureau of water assessment of Allegheny city. Pa., is a native of the city where he now holds his official position. He was born in the year 1863, and is a son of the late Alexander, who died in 1881, and Anna Gray, old residents of the second ward. It was in the public school of this ward that James received the greater part of his education, for at the age of seventeen years he went to work for the firm of Oliver Bros. & Phillips as city bookkeeper. While with this firm he worked his way upward until he had charge of the shipping department in the mill. In 1887 he was appointed to the city engineer's office and continued in that position until 1891, when he was appointed to his present position of superintendent of the bureau of water assessment, in which his work has been universally approved, as may be seen by his long continuance in the office. In 1892 he was married to Miss Beatrice Harrington, of Allegheny city, Pa., and is now a resident of the fifteenth ward. Mr. Gray is a member of Pittsburg lodge, No. 219, Free and Accepted Masons, and is also a member of the Pittsburg consistory, and Allegheny lodge. No. 339, B. P. O. Elks. In both private and official life, Mr. Gray is a modest, unassuming gentleman, who treats every one with courtesy and consideration. It is chiefly to this trait of character that he owes his popularity and his success, though, in addition to it, he is a man of high executive ability and full of resources that enable him to meet and overcome difficulties that to men of inferior endowments would seem well nigh insurmountable.


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


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