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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 PORTER, JR., M. D., 614 Market street, McKeesport. No more active and trying a life, in the cause of the welfare of his fellow-man, can be referred to than that of the physician. Toil of the most arduous nature to mind and body is his lot; and, although frequently unrequited, we find him always ready and willing to risk his own health and life for others. The subject of this sketch is the second son of the late John and Eliza J. Porter, of Penn township, born in Allegheny City Aug. 3, 185-. When about four years of age the family removed to Penn township, where a part still reside. During his boyhood days John was sent to the district school (Quincy) and to the Fifth Ward and high-schools of Pittsburgh. Having chosen Dr. D. Alter, of Parnassus, Pa., his medical preceptor, he afterward attended the scientific and medical college at Keokuk, Iowa, graduating in June, 1877, being also a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and of the eye, ear and throat department of the Philadelphia Polyclinic, locating in this city in January, 1881. Commissioned by Gov. Pattison, in April, 1884, second lieutenant, and in December, 1885, first lieutenant of Co. K, Eighteenth regiment N. G. P. Afterward, finding that the duties of the soldier conflicted with those of the physician, he resigned his commission. On Dec. 25, 1884, he married Miss Maggie F. Moreland, daughter of Mr. Thomas B. Moreland, of East End, Pittsburgh. This union has been blessed by a little lad called Thomas B. Moreland, Jr. Dr. Porter was the only McKeesport member of the ninth international medical congress, convened in Washington, D. C., in September, 1887; is also a director of the Union Savings Fund & Loan association, and a member of the Allegheny County Medical society. By close application the doctor has built up a successful practice, and is now giving a part of his time to the treatment of the eye, ear, nose and throat, being the first McKeesport physician to perform Von Grafe’s cataract operation.

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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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