Biography of John A. Hall
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

JOHN A. HALL, an earnest and active advocate of the cause of temperance and a leading prohibitionist of North Buffalo township, is a son of David, Jr., and Margaret (Hindman) Hall and was born in North Buffalo township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1832. His paternal grandfather, David Hall, came to North Buffalo township in the initial year of the present century, if not in the latter years of the last decade of the eighteenth century. He was a man of prominence and high standing in the community in which be settled. Of the sons born to him before be came to North Buffalo township, one was David Hall, Jr., who was four years of age at the time of his father's settlement west of the Allegheny river, in Armstrong county. David Hall, Jr., upon attaining his majority engaged in farming, which he followed until his death, May 18th, 1884, at ninety one years of age. He was also engaged for a few years in milling. He married Margaret Hindman, of Franklin township, and reared a family of six children.

John A. Hall grew to manhood on the old Hall homestead, of which he owns a part today. He received a good education in the common schools and has continued his education ever since leaving school, by a wide range of reading. He has made farming his life business and by his close study of the principles of agriculture has become one of the progressive farmers of North Buffalo township. His finely improved farm of one hundred and thirty five acres of land is very fertile and highly produdtivc. While raising as large crops as any other farmer in his community, yet at the same time Mr. Hall so conducts his farming as not to impoverish his land. He is a democrat in politics and has always been an active worker in the temperance cause, and in 1890, without solicitation upon his part, was made the candidate of the Prohibition party for the office of County Treasurer. Mr. HaIl is courteous and polite to all whom he meets and stands high as a gentleman in the estimation of his neighbors.

On April 26, 1855, he united in marriage with Agnes, daughter of Dr. Edward Manso, an early homceopathic physician, who studied, in Germany, under Hahnenman, the founder of hemoeopathy. They had three children, of whom two are living: Margaret Ella, married to Frank E. Hine and resides at Tallmadge, Summit county, Ohio, and Warren C. Hall. Mrs. Hall died in 1862 and Mr. Hall married for his second wife, Ann M. Ralston, a native of South Buffalo township, by whom he had four children, of whom three are living: Ed. W., Howard and Flora R.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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