J. T. GRIFFITH, one of the representative, energetic, active and progressive young men of McKean county, was
born in Ebensbarg, Cambria Co., Penn., June 19, 1853, a son of Thomas and Mary E. Griffith. His early schooling
was obtained in his native town, and he afterward attended Blairsyule Academy, in Indiana county, Penn., completing
his education at Columbia, Lancaster county, same State. Having now satiated himself at the "Pierian Spring,"
it remained for him, in order to thoroughly qualify himself for a commercial career, to secure a good business
training, which he did, by attending for a time to his father's mercantile affairs. When twenty four years of age,
in 1877, Mr. Griffith moved to Kane, with which place he has since been prominently identified. In 1881 he commenced
a general merchandise and lumber trade at Kane, where he now has three saw mills running, with a daily aggregate
capacity of 90,000 feet, and in 1884 his brother became associated with him in business, the firm name being J.
T. & W. Griffith. Having recently become largely interested in the oil trade (already to the extent of some
sixty wells), the brothers intend to devote their entire attention and energies to that and the lumber industries.
On March 25, 1875, the subject of our sketch was married to Martha J., daughter of Thomas M. Jones, of Ebensburg,
Penn., and they have three children: William, Mary and Annie. The parents are members of the Congregational Church.
Mr. Griffith is a Royal Arch Mason, and is an active worker in the Republican party. In 1878 he was elected school
director, and in 1888 he was honored by being elected a member of the State legislature, in which he serves his
constituency with marked zeal and integrity.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
McKean County, PA Biographies
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