Biography of Robert L. Wallace
Lawrence County, PA Biographies

ROBERT L. WALLACE, attorney at law of New Castle, is among the most successful of the younger practitioners before the bar of Lawrence County. He is a native of the county, having been born in Pulaski Township, in 1876, and is a son of William Wallace.

William Wallace, father of Robert L., was born in 1836, in Pulaski Township, and was one of the representative agriculturists of the county. In early years he was especially active as a stock raiser and dealer, making frequent trips over the mountains to the Pittsburg markets with his stock. During the Civil War he purchased stock for the Government for use in the army. He was a man of enterprise and public spirit, and frequently served his township in official capacity. He was past the age of seventyone years at the time of his decease, June 19, 1908, and had been during this long lifetime in the enjoyment of good health.

Robert L. Wallace was reared on the farm and after completing the prescribed course in the common schools, attended the old Poland Seminary in Mahoning County, Ohio, and later Grove City College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1899. He then . engaged in teaching school in Greersburg Academy, Beaver County, one year, and in Enon Valley High School, one year. He studied law under the preceptorship of Judge Martin, and was admitted to the bar, December 2, 1902, after which he embarked in practice in the city of New Castle. His success at the bar has been continuous, and he ranks high among the men of his profession in the county. He enjoys the respect and confidence of the people, and represented his ward two years in the city council, the last year of which he served as president of that body. He has been very active in the affairs of the Republican party, and in 1907 was a delegate to the Republican State Convention. April 11, 1908, he received the nomination of his party for representative in the State Legislature of Pennsylvania.

In 1903, Robert L. Wallace was united in marriage with Miss Edna C. Freese, who was born and reared in Plymouth, Indiana, and was educated at Hilisdale, Michigan. Two children are the issue of this union: William L. and Robert Eugene. Fraternally, Mr. Wallace is a prominent member of the Masonic Order, belonging to Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and Lodge of Perfection. Religiously, he was one of the charter members of the Highland United Presbyterian Church, and has been one of its active supporters. Socially, he is a member of the New Castle Club.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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