EDWARD J. McLLVAIN. director of the department of public works of Allegheny city, was born in the city of Pittsburg
in the year 1858, in what Was known as Bayard's Town. His education was chiefly obtained in what was then the old
fifth ward school. Leaving school, he learned the trade of bricklaying; after serving his apprenticeship and working
at the trade, he started, in 1878, in business for himself as general contractor, later becoming a partner in the
firm of Sloan & Mcllvain, the firm doing a large amount of municipal work for the cities of Pittsburg and Allegheny
and the surrounding boroughs. About the time he began the contracting business he was married. Mr. and Mrs. Mcllvain
have two children living: Anna Loretta, who is the wife of Norman McFerron, and a son, Edward Taylor Mcllvain.
Mr. Mcllvain has been connected with various other industries besides the contracting business. He resigned all
his contracting interests in April, 1903, to accept the position as director of the department of public works
of Allegheny city. He is a member of the Masonic bodies of Allegheny city and Pittsburg.
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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