J. GUY McCANDLESS, director of the department of public works, Pittsburg, and one of the oldest and most prominent
physicians of the city of Pittsburg, was born in Ferryville, Allegheny county, Jan. 1, 1839. He is descended on
both his father's and mother's side from early settlers of Allegheny county. His great grandfather, William McCandless,
came to America in a very early day, and died in Washington county. Pa. William's son, Archibald, born in Allegheny
county in 1756, was for half a century elder in the Presbyterian church. Alexander G. McCandless, father of the
subject of this sketch, was born in Allegheny county, Jan. 15, 1816, being one of the thirteen children of Archibald
McCandless, He was for many years a practicing physician in Pittsburg, and died Feb. 24, 1875. His wife, Margaret
A. (Guy) McCandless, whom he married on Feb. 15, 1838, was descended from settlers who came to Allegheny county
in the old days when the Indians infested the district. Dr. J. Guy McCandless received a common school education
in Pittsburg, attended the Cleveland medical college a year and was graduated from the Jefferson medical college
in 1863. He also taught school for a time. Dr. McCandless served three years in the Civil war, enlisting as assistant
surgeon of the 52d Pennsylvania volunteer infantry. He was afterwards made surgeon in charge of the Cotton Factory
hospital at Harrisburg, and lived there until the close of the war, ranking as major. During his service he was
under fire in the Peninsular campaign, at Fair Oaks, the "Wilderness and Yorktown. Returning after the war
to Pittsburg, he has since successfully engaged in the practice of medicine there. He has also a long and creditable
career in the public service, and has taken great interest in republican politics. Dr. McCandless has served on
the school board as member and also as president of the Franklin board, and has represented his ward in both the
common and select councils of Pittsburg, acting as president of each. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity
and the G. A. R., and was formerly, for fourteen years, surgeon of the 14th regiment, Pennsylvania national guard.
He is a prominent member of the Sixth Presbyterian church, of which he has been an elder since 1875. Dr. McCandless
has been twice married. By his first marriage, to Emma Jones, he has one son, Guy, now engaged in the men's furnishing
business. In 1876 he married Margaret E. Cluley, daughter of John F. Cluley, and has by this union three children,
Walter C, Ida May and Alexander Wilson.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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