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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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WILLIAM G. NAGLE, who occupies the responsible position of Superintendent of the Lehigh Valley Car Company, was appointed as such in 1892. The plant is located in Northampton, and makes a specialty of manufacturing box, gondola, coal, ore and mine cars. The works were originally built in 1867, and since that time additions have been constantly made, until the company are now enabled to turn out about fifty gondola coal cars, of twenty-five tons’ capacity, per week. Box cars for freight purposes, ore and mine cars are also built by this company. When running at its full capacity the plant accommodates about two hundred employes in its various departments. The Lehigh Valley Car Company is fitted out with the very best improved machinery. Its President is R. E. Wright, of Allentown; Treasurer, C. M. W. Keck; and Superintendent, W. G. Nagle. Their New York office is in the Central Building, corner of Liberty and West Streets.

The subject of this record is a native of Northampton County, his birth occurring July 1, 1845. His parents, Charles and Mary Nagle, were likewise natives of the above county, and residents of Allen Township during their life. William G. was reared to man’s estate on his father’s farm, and prosecuted his primary studies in the District School. The knowledge gained therein was later supplemented by attendance at the Allentown Seminary, after which he taught one term of school. In 1864 he completed the course of the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and four years later accepted the position of bookkeeper for the Lehigh Car Manufacturing Company, subsequently merged into the Lehigh Valley Car Company.

Mr. Nagle has been connected with the office part of the work of the car company for over a quarter of a century, and was promoted to his present position as Superintendent in 1892. He is very popular among his fellow-citizens, and is serving as Postmaster of Northampton, to which position he was appointed by Cleveland in 1888. He is Republican in politics, and is greatly interested in the success of his party. The Reformed Church finds in him one of its most valued members, and he has been Superintendent of Sunday-schools for twenty years. Socially he is a Mason of high standing, and during his connection with Porter Lodge No. 284, was Past Master.

The lady to whom Mr. Nagle was married in 1868 was Miss Amanda Steinmetz, and six children have been born to them: Annie A., Gertrude, Edgar C., Irwin A., Howard E. and Miriam L. A law-abiding citizen, possessed of good social qualities and excellent character, Mr. Nagle is held in high esteem by the best residents of the county.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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