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Free Genealogy Biography of George W. McElroy
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George W. McElroy

George W. McElroy, district atorney of the county of York. was born in Lancaster County, July 23, 1824. He is a son of Daniel and Rebecca (Wishard) McElroy, and is of Scotch-Irish origin. He is the youngest of nine children, only two of whom are living.

His father was born in the county of Donegal, Ireland, and his mother in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to America and settled in Lancaster County, Penn., where they died. Our subject received a common school education in Lancaster County, and was afterward educated in the higher branches, under the kind favor and continued patronage of his brother, A. McElroy, Esq., who died at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia County, in the summer of 1876.

In 1841 he became the principal of the Ephrata Academy, which position he held for three years and then read law under Col. Reah Frazer, at Lancaster. He was admitted to the Lancaster bar in 1846, and practiced there a number of years, during a part of which time he edited the Lancaster Intelligencer, and then went to Meadville, Crawford Co., Penn., where he remained until 1853, and then returned to Lancaster and continued practice until 1860.

In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, First Pennsylvania Artillery, 43rd Regiment, and was about to be promoted when he was taken ill and was brought to the York Hospital, but regaining his health, was placed in the commissary department, and there continued until 1864, when he was honorably discharged.

He was admitted to the York County bar December 20, 1864, and in 1883 was elected district attorney of York County. He was married in 1866 to Miss Anna M. Fisher, a native of York, and has had eight children born to him. He is a Democrat.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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