A. H. LESLIE, director of the department of public safety, of Pittsburg, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa.,
in 1853, and spent his early life there, attending the common schools. His father, Malichie Leslie, dying in 1868,
the son came to Pittsburg, went to school for about two months and then started to learn the carpenters' trade.
He served a three year apprenticeship at this vocation, and finding it too severe for his health, entered the employ
of the Allegheny Valley railroad company, where he worked first as a brakeman, then as flagman, and finally as
freight conductor. In 1872 Mr. Leslie gave up railroading and went into the fire insurance business, also taking
up real estate after a time. In 1880 he was elected alderman from the seven teenth ward for a five year term, and
in this position his ability and attention to duty won him reelection three times. When there were still four years
to serve on his last term, Mr, Leslie resigned, Aug. 1, 1896, to accept the office of superintendent of police,
serving in this position until Oct. 1, 1901, and was then thrown out of office by the provisions of the Ripper
bill. He was appointed to his present office on Nov. 26, 1901, by Recorder J. O. Brown, and has proved a faithful
and capable official. Mr. Leslie belongs to the Masonic fraternity. Knights Templars and Mystic Shrine, the L O.
O. F., Jr. O. U. A. M. and Knights of the Mystic Chain. He was for two years, 1886-1888, grand chief templar of
Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a trustee.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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