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|552||HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.|
in life he was interested in the oil industries of the state, and also at his death owned a large tract of coal land in the Blacklick coal regions, embracing about four thousand acres.
Politically he was a staunch Republican, and ever took a commendable interest in the success of his party. In 1873 he was the nominee of his party for county treasurer, and although the county was Democratic by over twelve hundred votes, he came within twenty-eight votes of being elected. In 1879 he was elected sheriff, overcoming a large opposition vote, and had the honor of being the first Republican sheriff ever elected in Cambria county. He took much interest in school work and was many times on the school board.
His marriage with Mary Davis, daughter of William Davis, in 1844, resulted in the birth of four sons and one daughter, who grew to maturity. 1. William W., born August 15, 1845, was an assistant of his father until his death, June, 1877, leaving a widow and a daughter, Mary C. 2. John T., born June 19, 1853, died June 30, 1892, leaving a wife and three children: William, Mary and Anna. 3. Abner, born August 5, 1855, received a good common school education, spent one year at Cannonsburg Academy and graduated in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1879; practiced for a time at Kane, but from night exposure contracted lung trouble which compelled him to abandon the profession, except in the summer months; the remainder of the year he spent in his orange grove in Florida, but in 1888 he abandoned the practice altogether and rotated between the north and south for his health. He died December 17, 1896, leaving a widow and two children: Margarett and Elizabeth. 4. Anna E., born December 3, 1858, became the wife of F. A. Lyte, who at his death, in 1896, was cashier of the First National Bank of Kane. She resides in Kane with her family of three children: Ruth, Thomas and Dorothy. The mother of the sons and daughter just named, Mary (Davis) Griffith, was born in Cambria township, Cambria county, and died in 1863. The husband later married Ann Jones, who only lived a few years, dying without issue.
Webster Griffith, son and child of Thomas and Mary (Davis) Griffith, born June 5, 1860, acquired his education at the public schools, and up to his twenty-fifth year was his father's assistant. In 1885 he with his brother, John T., went to Kane, McKane county, Pennsylvania, where they engaged in mercantile business and followed lumbering. Upon the death of the father, Webster was made his executor and he removed to Ebensburg to attend to the business. In 1892 , his brother John T. died and the business at Kane was closed out. Webster Griffith conducted his father's business for five years and in 1895 purchased and succeeded to the business. Mr. Griffith is an ardent Republican and takes great interest in public matters. He has served on the school board for several years, is also a member of the borough council, and is in all ways a