All Sorts of Pittsburgers, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, 1892

William Wright Biography

In his particular walk of life, William J. Wright is as well and as favorably known, perhaps, as any other citizen of Allegheny County. He was born at Syracuse, N. Y., in August, 1851, and attended the common and parochial schools until the age of 14. On leaving school, he learned the trade of lathing, but never followed it, other pursuits presenting a more congenial aspect. At the age of 19 he left Syracuse and went to Chicago, where he managed a cafe for three years. In 1876 he came to Pittsburg and went to work at his trade. He was considered the fastest lather that Pittsburg had seen up to that time.

Subsequently he re-entered the liquor business, opening up a handsomely appointed establishment at Nos. 2 and 4 McMaster's Way. He has remained in that location, and the house has become noted as headquarters for the best whisky in Pittsburg. Mr. Wright keeps his whisky till it attains a ripe old age before serving it to his patrons, and handles only superior brands.

He is Secretary and Treasurer of the Virginia & Pittsburg Coal and Coke Company, and has other valuable interests, making him independently wealthy. He lives in good style in the East End.

Source: All Sorts of Pittsburgers Sketched in Prose and Verse; Burgoyne, Arthur; Pittsburg, PA; The Leader; 1892.
Note: The correct spelling of Pittsburgh in 1892 was Pittsburg. The spelling Pittsburgh was officially restored in 1911.

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