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Robert Hutchison

ROBERT A. HUTCHISON, oil producer, was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1843, and was reared and educated in that and Venango counties. He is a son of Robert and Ann (Seaton) Hutchison, natives of Westmoreland and Butler counties, respectively, and of Scotch Presbyterian ancestry.

He early engaged in the oil and lumber business, and on the breaking out of the war enlisted, September 13, 1861, in Company L, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served until February 8, 1865, when he was mustered out of the service.

He participated in all of the battles along the peninsula, at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg; and on the retreat from the battle of Sulphur Springs, October 12, 1863, was captured, with three hundred others of his regiment, and taken to Belle Isle, and subsequently to Andersonville prison, where he remained from March, 1864, until the following September. He was then sent to the prison at Millia, Georgia, and there paroled, November 20, 1864, forwarded to Savannah, Georgia, and subsequently discharged from the service.

He returned to Venango county, and located in Oil City, and for three years was engaged in the oil and lumber business. He then commenced oil producing in Butler county, where he remained until 1883, when he returned to Venango, and purchased some wells close to his present location, and one year later bought the five wells he is now operating.

He was married in 1870 to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Henderson, of Clinton township, who has borne him eight children: A son who died in infancy; Luella A.; Bessie B., deceased; Delilah A.; Mary E.; Thomas A.; William J., and Loyd L.

Mr. Hutchison is a member of the G.A.R., politically a Republican, and an adherent of the Church of God.

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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