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James Grant

JAMES R. GRANT, proprietor of quarries, was born in 1831 in Butler county, Pennsylvania, son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Say) Grant. He received a common school education, and was reared to farm life. He afterward learned the tailor trade, which he followed until the spring of 1854, when he went to California and was engaged in the gold mines until the latter part of 1860.

He then came to Venango county, and went into the oil business.

On the 14th of October, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry , and the following month was promoted to third sergeant. In November, 1862, he was commissioned first lieutenant, and November 18, 1864, became captain of his company.

He participated in the following engagements: Antietam, Fredericksburg, Kelley’s Ford, Rapidan Station, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Culpepper, Sulphur Springs, Kilpatrick’s raid, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Stony Creek Station, Dinwiddie Court House, and Appomattox.

He was mustered out with his company July 1, 1865, and returning to Venango county, once more engaged in the oil business for a short time. He then went into the lumber business in Scrubgrass township.

In the fall of 1869 he was elected treasurer of Venango county, and after the expiration of his term he engaged in the manufacture of brick, with which business he has been more or less connected ever since. In 1880, he made a trip to the Rocky mountains, organized a mining company, and spent four years in the West, where he still retains some mining interests. Mr. Grant is at present engaged in operating a quarry, and deals in all kinds of flag and building stone. In 1866 he was married to Mrs. Martha J. Moore, daughter of Peter Smith, of Rockland township. She died June 8, 1885, leaving seven children: Carrie J., Alice M., Emma E., Myra M., Orvill S., Maggie C., and Martha J.

Captain Grant is an ardent Republican, and served in the city council in 1887— 1888. He is a member of the G.A.R. (and present commander of his post), F. and A.M., and E.A.U., being president of the last mentioned society.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.

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