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this State, whilst his father, William Coulter, was also a native of the same county, born in 1821, and died in Blair county, this State, in 1895. He married Mary Walters, and they were the parents of four children: David W., the subject of this biography; William, who served in the Federal army in Battery B, First Pennsylvania artillery, and was killed in front of Petersburg, in June, 1863; Henry, who also served a long term in the Civil War, and is now a jeweler in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mary M., who wedded James Simmons, who resides at South Fork, this county.
Sheriff Coulter and Miss Eliza J. Pringle, a daughter of Daniel Pringle of this county, were married December 3, 1857, and to them have been born six children: William P., who is engaged in general merchandizing at Conemaugh, married Blanche Fisher; David P., who married Leonora Thomas, is also a resident of Conemaugh, where he conducts a meat market; Annie married George Parks, who resides at Rockwood, Somerset county, this State; Mary E., the relict of Henry Fite, resides at Conemaugh, and Izora married James S. Gettemy, of Conemaugh.
Sheriff Coulter was brought up on a farm, and obtained his education in the public schools of his native county. Reared upon a farm, he naturally took up the avocation, and followed it until the breaking out of the Civil War. In August, 1862, he enlisted in company G, One Hundred and Forty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, popularly known as the Pennsylvania “Bucktails,” and served until the latter part of June, 1865. The famous “Bucktails” originally belonged to the First corps of the Army of the Potomac, but they became so cut up and demoralized, that they were finally, in 1863, consolidated with the Fifth corps of the army. Sheriff Coulter
was a brave soldier and bore himself well, participating in all the engagements of his regiment, from Gettysburg until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, which marked the downfall of the Southern Confederacy. He saw much hard fighting, and was seriously wounded in the knee at Hatche's run.
Returning from the Federal service, he embarked in mercantile pursuits at Conemaugh, and continued successfully in the same until November, 1894, when he was elected sheriff of Cambria county. He is a prominent and active Republican in politics, and filled various local offices prior to his election to the shrievalty.
He is prominently identified with many secret and fraternal organizations. A member of Cambria Lodge, No 278, F. and A. M.; Portage Chapter, No. 95, R. A. M.; Oriental Commandery No. 61, K.T., of Johnstown; O'Cyrus Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. of Pittsburg. He is also a member of Corona Lodge, No. 999, I. O. O. F.; Castle No. 140, K. of G. E.; Conemaugh Lodge, No. 402, K. of P.; and Council No. 137, Jr. O. U. A. M., all of Conemaugh. He takes a lively interest in the G. A. R., and is a member of Post No. 30, at Johnstown. He is a member of the United Brethren church of Johnstown, to which he is a liberal contributor.
Sheriff Coulter is affable and congenial as a companion, and popular and efficient as an official. Public-spirited and energetic, he takes a commendable and active interest in all public improvements, which have for their object the good of the people.
WILLIAM P. COULTER is the son of Sheriff David W. and Lizzie (Pringle) Coulter, whose sketch appears above, and was born in Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, on August