Biography of Thomas P. Burns
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Thomas P. Burns, president of the Union Bank of Nanty Glo, is a prominent citizen of Cambria County. He was born in Pine Township, Indiana County, Pa., Feb. 11, 1876, and is the son of John and Ann (Mulvehill) Burns.

John Burns, deceased, was a native of Pine Township, Indiana County, as was his wife. He was the son of Edward Burns, who came to this country from Ireland during the early days and settled near Gallitzin, where he opened one of the first mines on the old Portage Railroad. Later he removed to Indiana County, where he farmed and engaged in the lumber business. His son, John, engaged in farming during his entire life and died in 1900. His wife died in 1907 and they are buried at Nicktown. He was a Democrat and member of the Catholic Church. His wife was the daughter of Peter Mulvehill, a prominent pioneer of Indiana County, who engaged in farming for a number of years. He was also employed on the William Penn highway during the days of the stage coach. To John and Ann (Mulvehill) Burns seven children were born, as follows: Suey M., lives at Ebensburg; Peter, lives on the old homestead; Edward, lives at Ebensburg; T. P., the subject of this sketch; John and Vincent, both deceased; and Frank, lives at Ebensburg.

T. P. Burns received his education in the schools of Pine Township, Indiana County, and lived on the home place until he was 20 years of age, when he became associated with the Dunlo Lumber Company at Dunlo, Pa. In 1900 he came to Nanty Glo, where he became associated in the meat business with his brother, Edward. The business was later incorporated and Mr. Burns was elected president and treasurer. He was one of the organizers of the Union Bank of Nanty Glo and has served as its president since the time of its organization. He is also the founder of the Nanty Glo Smokeless Coal Company, of which he is president and treasurer, and he is president of the Nanty Glo Lumber & Construction Company.

Mr. Burns is a Republican and has served as city councilman. He is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, No. 175, Johnstown, and Loyal Order of Moose. The Burns family is well known throughout Cambria County and representative of the best citizenship of the community.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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