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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN BOYD DUFF, attorney, Pittsburgh, was born Aug. 4, 1858, in Birmingham (now Twenty-eighth ward Pittsburgh), son of John F. and Mary J. (Burtt) Duff. He attended public school until in 1870, then entered the preparatory department at Thiel College, Greenville, Pa. There he remained until he passed the examination for the junior college class. He began to study law with Schoyer & McGill, attorneys at Pittsburgh, in December, 1880, passed his final examination and was admitted to Allegheny county bar in December, 1882; was admitted to the state supreme court in the fall of 1885, and in the following year was admitted to the United States district and circuit courts. He is now practicing law at Pittsburgh. He was married Feb. 8, 1888, to Miss Alice E. Vance, a schoolteacher of Allegheny.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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