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of Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in 1883. The succeeding two years he practiced his profession in Pittsburg, and in 1885 located at Ebensburg his present place of residence and field of practice. Politically he is a republican, and had served as burgess of the borough of Ebensburg. He is a member of St. John's Lodge, No. 219, F. and A. M., at Pittsburgh, of which Lodge he is a past master.


DANIEL A. McGOUGH, ex-register and recorder, and a descendant of two very old and highly respectable families of the county, is a son of Thomas and Isabella (Plummer) McGough, and was born in Croyle township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1856. His paternal great-grandfather, James McGough, was a native of Ireland, and came to this country with his brother, Patrick, who fought under Washington, and fell at the battle of Princeton. James McGough first settled near Baltimore, in Harford county, Maryland, where he married Esther James, of Welsh descent, and in 1806 came to what is now Croyle township, in which he died six years later. He was a farmer, school-teacher and a civil engineer, and ranked as one of the pioneer settlers of Croyle township, in which he owned a large tract of valuable land.
    Of his sons, Thomas Sr., was born in Harford county, Maryland, and died in 1870, at eighty-five years of age. He was a man of better education than was usually enjoyed by the men who lived in that time, and belonged to that old school of school-masters characteristic of the day, and to whom the early educational progress of this country owes so much. Thomas McGough, Sr., like his father, was a farmer and teacher. He was a Catholic, served for twenty-five years as a justice of the peace,

and wedded Mary Skelly, by whom he had ten children, six sons and four daughters. Next to the youngest of these children was Thomas McGough, the father of the subject of this sketch.
    Thomas McGough was born October 27, 1827, and resided on a farm in his native township until his death, which occurred May 14, 1870. He was a farmer and cooper by occupation and trade, a democrat in politics and a Catholic in religion. He married Isabella Plummer, of Summerhill township, in 1855, and to their union were born three sons: Daniel A., Charles and George, who are both in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, at Conemaugh.
    Mrs. McGough, who is still living, is a daughter of John and Mary (Fye) Plummer, belongs to the Plummer family of western Pennsylvania, so well known for its many good qualities.
    Daniel A. McGough grew to manhood on the paternal acres, received his education in the common schools, and then was engaged in farming and teaching school until 1885, in which year he was appointed as clerk to the board of county commissioners. In that position Mr. McGough served continuously for seven years, and his services had so recommended him that he was nominated and elected, by the Democratic party, as register and recorder of Cambria county, for a term of three years. His services in his elective offices were as valuable and as acceptable as had been his labors in his appointed position, and at the expiration of his term in 1895 he retired with credit to himself. A democrat in political associations, he has never accepted office but once at the hands of his party, although sufficiently popular to have been so honored frequently. The burdens and re-


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