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Free Genealogy Biography of the James Hustead,
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James Miller Hustead

James Miller Hustead, youngest son of John (2) Hustead, was born near Smithfield, Georges township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1827. He was educated in the township schools, principally under the instruction of Professor John G. Hertig.

Upon the death of his father in 1846, James M. being then nineteen years of age, rented the home farm from his mother and this he successfully conducted until 1857, when he became manager of an iron and hardware store at Morgantown, West Virginia, owned by John Oliphant & Company, remaining there two years. He proved a capable and efficient business man and won and retained the entire confidence of his firm. Oliphant & Company were the owners of an iron manufacturing plant in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, called Oliphant Furnace, and there Mr. Hustead was sent as store keeper, later becoming bookkeeper and manager.

He remained until the civil war broke out, when he answered the call for volunteers, enlisting September 2, 1862, in Captain Duncan's company, of which he was elected second lieutenant. This company was mustered in as Company E, Fourteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 14th Regiment, Colonel Schoonmaker, and attached to General Averill's corps, Army of the Potomac. He served with distinction until March 29, 1865, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out. He saw hard service riding and fighting with General Sheridan in the Valley campaign and others.

He then returned to his Fayette county farm, where he remained until 1867. He then again entered business life, forming a partnership with J. C. Beeson, his brother-in-law, and established at Fairmont, West Virginia, a general hardware, iron and castings business, also dealing in live stock and wool. This business continued successfully for six years when Mr. Hustead sold out and returned to Fayette county. In 1873 he became manager of a general store at Dunbar Furnace, purchasing the business in 1876, and in 1890 he admitted Isaac W. Semans as a partner. Two years prior to this, in 1888, the firm of Hustead, Semans & Company had been formed and a general and dry goods business established on East Main street, Uniontown. Mr. Hustead is the owner of farm and coal lands in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and is an associate in coal and coke production in Fayette county and West Virginia, being a director of several companies. He has also extensive banking interests, being associated as a director with the First National Bank of Uniontown, the "honor" bank of the United States, and interested in the Union National Bank of Clarksburg, West Virginia, Federal National Bank of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the First National Bank of Fairmont, West Virginia. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian, serving as vestryman, and in politics is a Democrat, but has never accepted public office. This brief resume of Mr. Hustead's many spheres of activity proves the broadness of his mental vision, and whether considered as employee, employer, merchant, soldier, churchman or official business associate, he has always been found true to himself and true to his fellows.

Mr. Hustead married, at Uniontown, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1874, Anna Belle, born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1853, daughter of Henry and Eleanor Jane (McClelland) Willard, the former of whom is deceased. Children: 1. Albert Miller, born May 20, 1876; educated at Virginia Military Institute, and Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; married Odile de Saulles. 2. James Edgar, born November 6, 1880; educated at Lawrenceville school, class of 1899, and Princeton University, graduating in class of 1903; married, November 14, 1907, Helen Watt Henderson; child, Jean Hope, born February 26, 1910. 3. Walter Bugh, born June 18, 1884; educated at Cheltenham Military School and Lawrenceville school. New Jersey; is superintendent of Hope Coke Works.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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