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valley, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania on the 29th of May, 1819. Five generations have passed away since the new-world pioneer of the Reade family came from old England to New England, where in all probability, he settled in the pathless woods of Maine. Abner Reade entered the Continental army, and, after his service in that memorable conflict, he came from Maine to Lancaster county, this State, where he died. He was accompanied by his son, Hezekiah Reade, who finally settled in the beautiful and historic Ligonier valley, in Westmoreland county, where he owned a flouring mill and followed farming for an occupation. Of sturdy New England stock, he threw his whole energy into whatever he attempted, and made his impress on the community in which he lived and died. He married Susan Shrum, of St. Clair township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and to their union were born eight children.
George Marshall Reade, who stood confessedly in the front rank of his profession, was reared on his father's farm, where he was engaged in the usual pursuits that fall to the lot of farmers' sons. He received a good common-school and academic education, and, having made choice of the law as a profession, he commenced and pursued his legal studies in the office of James Potts, of Johnstown. He was admitted to the bar of Cambria county on the 8th of October, 1851, and at once located at Ebensburg, the county-seat, where he practiced with success until death closed his professional career on June 22, 1892. His remains lie in Lloyd's cemetery. He was a republican in politics, and a trustee and attendant of the Presbyterian church, but actively sympathized with all churches, and contributed to their support. He was a member of
Summit Lodge, No. 312, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and Oriental Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar, of Johnstown.
On the 25th of April, 1855, George M. Reade married Cassandra Mathiot, of Ross Furnace, Westmoreland county. To this union were born two children, a son and a daughter, Helen and Mathiot.
George Marshall Reade laid broad and deep the foundations of his professional success in early life by forming habits of close and thorough study, and devoting himself solely to his profession despite the alluring temptations of political place and power. His success was such in the county courts tht he was soon called to the management of important cases in the higher district and circuit courts, where he rapidly distinguished himself by ability, talent and winning suits in which defeat sometimes seemed inevitable to his clients. He argued his cases for all there was in them, and in a few years ranked as one of the leading lawyers of western Pennsylvania. He practiced extensively before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and for years before his death was engaged in every important or prominent case that came up in the county courts. As a lawyer he was acknowledge leader in his profession, which then, as now, in western Pennsylvania, was distinguished for an array of able legal talent. His mind was comprehensive, his judgment, at times, almost intuitive, and his sagacity remarkable in discriminating the essential from the non-essential. As a pleader he was eloquent and effective, and always wielded a great influence over a jury when he appeared before it. The movement of his eloquence was forceful and brilliant, inculcating logical truths as well as producing pleasure