Biography of Peter W. Siebert
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

PETER WILLIAM SIEBERT, register of deeds of Allegheny county, was born Jan. 25, 1849, on a farm in Shaler township, Allegheny Co., Pa. In 1854 he removed with his father. Christian Siebert, to Pittsburg, where his father engaged in the leather business until the year 1883, becoming one of the largest dealers in that line. The son also was engaged with his father from 1866 to 1881, obtaining a thorough business experience. P. W. Siebert was educated in the public schools; at Witherspoon institute at Butler, Pa.; at the military academy at West Chester, Pa., and at Western university in Pittsburg. Upon arriving at the age of twenty one years, he was chosen to represent the eighteenth ward, Pittsburg, in the common council, and, removing to the seventeenth ward, was chosen to represent this ward first in the common branch, then in the select branch. He served as councilman for over fourteen years, he and his father sitting side by side for two terms in the city council from different wards. He also took a prominent part in military affairs, having enlisted in the service of the United States at the age of sixteen. He enlisted in March, 1864, in Gordon's West Virginia battery, light artillery, and served until mustered out, in Wheeling, W. Va., in May, 1865. During this time he took part in the movements up and down the Shenandoah valley, and was slightly wounded in the leg in an engagement near Winchester, Va. Afterwards he joined the "Duquesne Grays," of Pittsburg, in which he was promoted to first lieutenant. The "Grays" were later organized into the 18th regiment, Pennsylvania national guard, and were thrice called upon by the State authorities to quell riots. Retiring from the leather business, the subject of this sketch became, in 1882. bookkeeper for the Third National bank of Pittsburg, and later became cashier for the Transverse street railway company, serving this company until it consolidated with the Citizens traction company, and afterwards entered the office of the county commissioners of Allegheny county as chief clerk. When the department of registering of deeds was established, in October, 1901, Mr. Siebert was chosen, on account of his experience, as register of deeds, and superintendent of transferring and plotting property. Mr. Siebert has been secretary of the Ewalt Street bridge company since 1868, a director of that company since 1874, and, in 1893, upon the death of his father. Christian Siebert, succeeded him as treasurer of the concern, still retaining this position. He has also been a director in the German National bank of Pittsburg since 1893, taking the place of his father, who was one of its founders before the Civil war. Mr. Siebert is also actively engaged in church work, having been superintendent of St. Paul's Reformed church, Pittsburg, for over thirty years, and having served his church in the higher councils of the same on many occasions. He was also a manager of an orphans' home for several years. He is now the supreme representative from Pennsylvania in the Royal Society of Good Fellows, and is a member of the Independent Order of Heptasophs, Royal Arcanum, A. O. U. W. and the Odd Fellows. He was married, in 1874, to Sarah O'Brien, of Burlington, Iowa. They have four sons, Wm C, J. F., Paul T. and George E., and one daughter, Sarah M In politics Mr. Siebert is a stanch republican.


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


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