Hugh McMahan


HUGH McMAHAN, the firm of McMahon, Porter & Co. is one of the principal ones in this region interested in the manufacture of fire-brick and sewer pipe. The firm is chartered as an incorporation with a paid up capital of $100,000. The works produce in addition to the main product namesd, terra-cotta articles of all kinds, drain tile, etc. Hugh McMahon, senior member of this firm, was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., October 3, 1845. He is a son of Robert McMahan, who was born in Ireland in 1811 and was brought by his parents to America in 1816. He owns and tills a farm in Allegheny county, Penn. His wife, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1811, died there in 1886. Hugh McMahon worked upon the farm with his father until about twenty-two years old, in the meantime, after graduating at Monongahela City Normal school, teaching school for several winters. He next engaged with a lumber and boat-building firm on the Monongahela river as bookkeeper for two years, and afterward was employed by R. C. Schmertz & Co., of Belle Vernon, in the same capacity for a short time. Then he purchased an interest in the firm of SMith, Porter & Co., now known as McMahan, Porter & Co., and came to New Cumberland in January, 1874 and took charge of the works. In 1875 Mr. McMahan was married to Roxie, daughter of Capt. William Stewart and they have two children, Bessie and Robert Emmet. Mrs. McMahan is a member of the Presbyterian church.

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