Biography of George L. Holliday
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

GEORGE L. HOLLIDAY, postmaster of Pittsburg, has been for many years prominently before the public. He was first elected to the city council in 1873, on the republican ticket, and served in that body for twenty five years, being for about fifteen years president of the council. By virtue of being president of the council, he was a member of the library commission and of the building committee of that body when the main library building was erected, and took a special interest in the location and erection of the branch libraries. When appointed postmaster, he resigned from the office of president of the council and library commission. He was appointed postmaster of Pittsburg on April 16, 1898, by President McKinley and was reappointed by President Roosevelt on May 2, 1902. Mr. Holliday was born in Perth, Ontario Co., Canada, May 19, 1845, and is descended from Scotch ancestors. His paternal grandfather, John Holliday, was sent by the English government to Canada as a teacher in the pioneer government schools, Francis Holliday, son of John and father of George L., was born in Great Britain, came to Canada when a lad, and was educated in Perth. Subsequently he learned the harness makers trade, which he followed for several vears and, in 1857, moved to Logan county, Ohio, where he engaged in general farming until his death, which occurred in May, 1896. He married Mrs. Margaret Hamilton McEwan, daughter of John McEwan, of Carleton, Ont., and became the father of nine children. George L. Holliday had acquired the rudiments of his education in his native town, when, at the age of twelve, he moved with his parents to their new home in Ohio. Here his schooling was for several years limited to a few months in the winter season, and then, when he had reached the age of eighteen, he began to attend the academy at Northwood, two miles distant. He completed his education at the normal school at Lebanon, Ohio, being graduated from the classical department in 1866. He accepted a position with Harper Brothers, being stationed in Ohio until 1869, when he came to Pittsburg and continued to be the firm's representative until 1880. He was for a time employed by Ivison, Blakeman & Co., of Pittsburg, but, upon the organization of the American book company, became its active representative. On Sept. 7, 1870, Mr. Holliday was united in marriage to Miss Mary T. Pringle, daughter of Dr. George W. Pringle, of New Concord, Ohio, and is the father of seven children, viz.: George A., Harry C, Grace W., Mary E., Edna M., Samuel P. and Francis M. Mr. Holliday and wife are members of the Second Presbyterian church, and Mr. Holliday belongs to the Masonic fraternity. He was one of the original promoters and is now president of the Duquesne inclined plane company.


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


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