Biography of Louis Rott
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

LOUIS ROTT, of Homestead, Pa., a prominent financier and president of the First National bank, was born in the duchy of Brunswick, near the Hartz mountains, Germany, Oct. 22, 1844, son of Christian and Louisa (Heiseker) Rott, both natives of the duchy of Brunswick, where his father was an industrious and successful blacksmith until he came to America, in 1850. His father located at Pittsburg on coming to the United States, and continued his trade of blacksmithing until his death. He and his wife were consistent members of the High Street Lutheran church, and were the parents of the following children: Frederick, a resident of Pittsburg; C. Z. F., manager of a glass factory at Jeannette, Pa., and Louis. Louis Rott accompanied his parents to America when only six years of age, was educated in the splendid schools of Pittsburg, and when fourteen years of age commenced an apprenticeship in the retail drug business. He learned that profession in five years, and then entered into a partnership with his former employer, which lasted until the business was closed out twelve months later. He then entered the employ of the wholesale drug firm of B. L. Fahnestock & Co., and for sixteen years served them in various capacities. In 1882 Mr. Rott embarked in the drug business at Homestead, and conducted the same with much success for six years. In 1888 he assisted in the organization of the First National bank of Homestead, was elected its first cashier, later was elected vice president, and was recently made president of that splendid institution. Mr. Rott is also connected with the Homestead brick company, the Mifflin land and improvement company and the Homestead baking company, and for the past twenty years has been secretary of the Homestead building and loan association, which he assisted in organizing. Mr. Rott is a member of Lodge No. 991, Odd Fellows; Boaz council. Royal Arcanum; Amity conclave, Heptasophs; Lincoln castle. Knights of Mystic Circle; the Knights of Pythias, and the Blue lodge and chapter Masons. Mr. Rott has been treasurer of the borough for the past ten years, served on the school board for two years, and represented his ward in the council for three years. He was married, on July 19, 1876, to Arabella J., daughter of Robert McCandless, and they had three children: L. Edwin, cashier of the First National bank of Homestead; R. George, with the Homestead steel company, and Albert John, an invalid. Mrs. Rott died on Nov. 29, 1889, and, on May 17, 1891, Mr. Rott was married to Margaret Virginia McCandless, a sister of his former wife, and their wedded life has been a rarely happy one. Mr. Rott is senior warden of St. Matthew's Episcopal church of Homestead, and in his political opinions and affiliations is a stanch republican.

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

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