Biography of Robert A. Paul
Indiana County, PA Biographies

ROBERT A. PAUL, the present postmaster of Saltsburg, has been successfully and honorably engaged, for nearly forty years, in different business enterprises. He was born in what is now Bell township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1829, and is a son of John and Sarah (Thompson) Paul. The Paul family is of Scotch Irish extraction, and its American progenitor came in an early day to eastern Pennsylvania. Robert A. Paul's paternal grandfather was Squire Samuel Paul, who came from east of the Alleghenies to what is now Bell township, Westmoreland county, where he served for many years as a justice of the peace and where he died in 1840, at sixty five years of age. John Paul (father) was born iu 1802, and is quite an active man for his advanced age of eighty eight years. He has always followed farming in his native township, is a member of the Presbyterian church, in which he has always taken an active part, and in political affairs yields his support to the Republican party. He married Sarah Thompson, a daughter of Samuel Thompson, a farmer of Washington township, who died in 1836, aged about sixty five years. Mrs. Paul was an estimable woman, a zealous presbyterian and passed away January 27, 1890, when in the eighty sixth year of her age. Mr. and Mrs. Paul celebrated their golden wedding in 1874 and continued the celebration of their marriage anniversary for fifteen succeeding years.

Robert A. Paul was reared on the farm. After attending the schools of his neighborhood he learned the trade of mill wright, which he followed for thirteen years. He was then engaged in the general mercantile business at various places until 1869, when he came to Salts- burg, where he accepted the superintendency of the Kier Bros.' Fire brick works, which position he held for ten years. He then resigned (1879) to engage in his present fire insurance and agricultural implement business. He is an active republican in politics, was appointed by President Harrison, on April 3d, 1889, as postmaster of Saltsburg, and has discharged the duties of his office in a very creditable manner ever since.

October 1, 1850, Mr. Paul married Mary A. Cochran, daughter of Hon. Michael Cochran, who was a prominent man in his day, and who served, with great credit, as associate judge of Armstrong county for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Paul have one child living: John L., who is engaged in the fire insurance business with his father.

In 1863 Mr. Paul enlisted in company I, 54th regiment Pennsylvania Militia, which helped largely to capture Gen. John Morgan in Ohio. After an active service of ninety days Mr. Paul was honorably discharged and returned home. Robert A. Paul is a member and trustee of the Presbyterian church. His business interests are chiefly at Saltsburg, where he has always been active and successful in. the different commercial enterprises in which he has been engaged. He is a man of his word and has wrought out for himself a position in life which commands respect.


From:
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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