Elisha P Douglass, attorney at law, McKeesport, was born in Elizabeth
township, this county, February 22, 1849, a son of Thomas Douglass and
Lydia C Peairs Douglass.
His paternal grandfather, James Douglass, was a native of this county and
his parents were among the pioneers of Elizabeth township. He had five
brothers: Thomas Douglass, Samuel Douglass, Andrew Douglass, John
Douglass, and William Douglass.
His wife was Mary E Drenen by whom he had seven children: Robert
Douglass, John Douglass, Thomas Douglass, Mary E Douglass (Mrs William
Caldwell), David Douglass, William Douglass and James Douglass. He was a
carpenter, and Thomas, his third son by occupation a farmer is now a
resident of Elizabeth township. He (Thomas) married Lydia C Peairs,
daughter of Elisha Peairs and Sarah Wycoff Peairs, early settlers of
Elizabeth township, and by her had five children: Elisha P Douglass, Mary
E Douglass, Sarah J Douglass (Mrs J B Billick), James D Douglass
(deceased), and David P Douglass.
Elisha P Douglass was raised in Elizabeth township and educated at the
Univeristy of Wooster, Ohio. He began the study of law in November, 1878,
with Major R E Stewart of Pittsburgh; was admitted to the Allegheny
county bar February 20, 1880, and in November of the same year located in
McKeesport where he has since resided with offices both in that borough
and in Pittsburgh.
Mr Douglass married August 24, 1880, Elvira P Weddell, daughter of Peter
Weddell and Elizabeth McClelland Weddell, of Elizabeth township and has
two sons: Howard Weddell Douglass and Earle LeRoy Douglass.
Mr Douglass is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, has just
served a term as councilman of his ward in McKeesport of which body he
was elected chairman in 1888. He is a member of the board of directors of
the People's bank of McKeesport, is solicitor for that institution, and
also assistant solicitor for the McKeesport & Belle Vernon railroad
company. In politics he is a democrat.
History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early
settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its
historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages;
religious, educational, social and military history ; mining,
manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources,
statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative
Imprint: Chicago : A. Warner & Co., 1889.p334