Biography of Henry D. Thomson
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

HENRY D. THOMSON, superintendent of the Nixon, Leesdale and Summer Hill coal mines, resides with his family on School Hill avenue, Glendale, Woodville postoffice. He was born at McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa., Sept. 2, 1858. His parents, Joseph and Jane (Donaldson) Thomson, were born in Scotland, and married there, the father being engaged in sinking mine shafts. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomson came to America in 1856, settling first in Allegheny, later at McKeesport, and moving thence to Westmoreland county. Joseph Thomson was an able mine foreman most of his active life. He died July 8, 1897, when seventy one years old. His wife is still living at the age of seventy five, a devout member of the Presbyterian church and a respected resident of North Huntington township, Westmoreland county. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomson were the parents of ten children, of whom six are living, viz. : Grace, wife of John Shields, a bookkeeper at Robbins Station, Westmoreland county; Henry D.. the subject of this sketch; Ellen, now Mrs. S. P. Radisbaugh, of Shaner Station; Mary, wife of Charles Thomas, of McKeesport; Jennie, now Mrs. Robert Morrison, of Etna, and Guy, an engineer in charge of the power plant at Woodville. Henry D. Thomson was educated in the public schools and in Curry institute, Pittsburg, graduating from that school in 1888. After graduation he was employed until 1897 as mine foreman for John Blyth & Co., and then came to Carnegie as mine foreman for the Pittsburg coal company. On Jan. 1, 1902, he was appointed superintendent of the company's interest as a reward for faithful and efficient services. Before coming to Carnegie, Mr. Thomson was school director in Westmoreland county for six years. He was married, Dec. 29, 1889, to Miss Christina Torrence, a native of Scotland, but a resident of America since 1887. Mrs. Thomson is a daughter of William and Isabel Torrence, who reside in Braddock, where Mr. Torrence is a boiler maker. She is the second of seven living children. The others are: Mrs. Alexander Kerr, of McKeesport; John a foreman of the boiler makers at Braddock; Mrs. C. P. Sanborn, of Huntington, W. Va.; William, employed as a scalper in the Homestead mills, residing in Braddock; Andrew, learning the machinists' trade at Huntington, W. Va., and James, employed at the Westinghouse plant at Wilmerding. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson have four children: Alexander, Isabel, Henry and William T. Mr. Thomson and wife are members of the Presbyterian church of Carnegie. Mr. Thomson is an enthusiastic member of the Knights of Pythias, in which he has passed through all the chairs. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and is chief of the Order of Scottish Clans. In politics he has always been a republican.

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

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