Biography of John L. Prestley
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JOHN L. PRESTLEY, of Pittsburg, Pa., a prominent attorney, with offices in the St. Nicholas building, was born in Upper St. Clair township, Allegheny Co., Pa., Nov. 4, 1870, son of James Prestley, D. D., who died on April i, 1885, and his wife, Martha Lindsay, who is now living. The Prestley family is of Scotch-Irish Ancestry, and the name was originally spelled Priestley. James Prestley, father of the subject, was a son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Betty) Prestley, and was born in County Down, Ireland, June 23, 1815, and accompanied his parents to America in 1819. He was a graduate of the Western university, and was a minister of the United Presbyterian church, with charges in Cincinnati, New. York and Pittsburg, and died at Carnegie, Pa. John L. Prestley was educated at the University of Wooster, Ohio, where he was graduated in 1891. Subsequently he read law in the office of Hon. J. J. Miller, a prominent and able attorney (now judge of the orphans' court, Allegheny county), and was admitted to the bar in December, 1893. Mr. Prestley is a member of all courts and of the Allegheny county bar association, and enjoys a lucrative practice. He resides at Carnegie, Pa., and at present is burgess of that borough. He is a member of Centennial lodge, No. 444, of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is closely identified with that great fraternity. On May 12, 1898, he was mustered into the United States service as second lieutenant of Company K, 14th Pennsylvania volunteers, for duty in the Spanish-American war, and served until mustered out on Dec. 20, 1898.

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

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