Biography of Thomas J. Wilson
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

THOMAS J. WILSON, whose offices are located at No. 422 Fifth Ave., Pittsburg, Pa., is one of the prominent and successful attorneys of the Allegheny county bar. He was born, June 9, 1864, in North Sewickley township, Beaver Co., Pa., and is the son of Jefferson and Lizzie (Couch) Wilson. His father was a native of North Sewickley township, Beaver county, and his mother was born at New Castle, Pa. Both are still living and now reside in Chippewa township, Beaver county, where Mr. Wilson is an extensive fruit grower as well as an inventor of considerable merit. Thomas Jefferson Wilson was educated in the common schools of his native county, after which he took a course in Geneva college, at Beaver Falls, Pa. While attending this institution he read law at home, and after leaving the college, he entered the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, graduating with the class of 1891. He located at Roanoke, Va., where he was admitted to the bar and where he practiced for about a year, when he contracted malarial fever which compelled him to seek a change. For the next two years he traveled through the south for the purpose of eradicating the malarial fever from his system. In this he was successful, and, in 1894, located at Pittsburg, was admitted to the Allegheny county bar, and has since that time been engaged in practicing in the local and State courts, his attention being given almost exclusively to civil cases. He has a large clientage, which is constantly increasing. He has been solicitor for the borough of Pitcairn ever since its incorporation, and is one of the most popular residents of that borough, in the affairs of which he takes a deep interest, not because he is the solicitor, but because he feels it to be his duty as a citizen. In this matter his example is worthy of emulation, for the highest duty of citizenship is to know what to do, and then to have the courage to do it.


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


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