Biography of James M. Guffey
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JAMES McCLURG GUFFEY, the Pittsburg oil and gas king, and the largest individual producer of oil and natural gas in this country, was born in Westmoreland county. Pa., in 1839. He is of Scotch descent, and his ancestors were among the early settlers of western Pennsylvania, where they located in colonial times, probably about 1750. James M. Guflfey attended the public schools, and later the Iron City college, from which he graduated, and at the age of eighteen obtained a clerkship in the office of the superintendent of the Louisville & Nashville railroad company, at Louisville, Ky. He was employed by this company several years, for a time at Nashville, Tenn., by the Adams southern express company, and, in 1870, returned to Pennsylvania to engage in the petroleum business as a producer. Mr. Guffey acquired large interests at St. Petersburg, in Clarion county, and subsequently made Bradford the base of his operations. He also opened the Grapeville gas field and controlled it until it was taken by a corporation. This was the greatest of all the gas fields and brought vast wealth to the enterprising operator, who also acquired large interests in the Murraysville field. Mr. Guffey is a man of sound judgment and wonderful executive ability. In politics he is an ardent democrat, firm in his loyalty to the principles of his party and always ready to make personal sacrifices for the party's benefit. Mr. Guffey came to Pittsburg about fifteen years ago. He is married and lives in the East End.


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


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