Biography of Andrew Harcum
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ANDREW HARCUM, justice of the peace and a member of the police force of Greater Pittsburg [sic], was born in Liberty avenue, Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania, November 12, 1846, son of Samuel and Hannah M. (Kane) Harcum. The father was born in Coal Lane, Pittsburg [sic], in 1822, and was one of the pioneer glass manufacturers of the South Side. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harcum were as follows: John, Sarah J, Andrew, Elizabeth, Hiram and Samuel. The father died January 25, 1854 His wife died January 18, 1905.

The subject's grandfather, also named Samuel Harcum, was born in Maryland and was a sailor in Commodore Perry's fieet during the battle of Orleans, and was discharged from service in 1825.

Andrew Harcum, of this notice, the son of Samuel Harcum (second), was educated at the public schools of his native city and when but fourteen years of age he ran away from his home and accompanied the First Pennsylvania Cavalry Reserves. He returned after the second fight at Bull Run and enlisted in 1863 in Knapp's Battery of Pennsylvania, served three months and then re-enlisted in the Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, from which be was discharged August 11, 1865. After his return home be entered the mills in Pittsburg as a "roller." In 1871 he was appointed on the city police force and reappointed for two terms. In 1902 he was elected a justice of the peace, which position he still holds.

He married, in 1869, Sarah, daughter of John and Catherine Gosley, by whom was born the following children: Amelia A. Russell, Gertrude Shoppener and Sarah, who died at the age of three years, in 1882.

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