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Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: December 06, 2009 at 10:28:54
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ďA Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the CountyĒ by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872

Pg. 392, PATRICK McEVOY, an extensive contractor and banker, was born at Millick, Queens County, Ireland. He emigrated to America and found employment with a railroad contractor in a subordinate position. Having shown a rare acuteness in business, he was encouraged to embark in contracting. In a few years he became one of the most extensive contractors in the country, and had large contracts in the construction (pg. 393) of the Pa. railroad, the New York and Erie railroad, and the Susquehanna and Tide Water canal; he was also a contractor on a railroad in New Jersey. It was he who build the section of the Pa. Central railroad at Kittanning point, which is regarded by railroad men as one of the finest pieces of work in the U. S. MR. McEVOY lived many years near the city of Lancaster. In 1864 he was the Democratic elector for this district on the Presidential ticket. He was a director of the old Lancaster bank, and filled numerous other official positions of trust. At the time of his death he was engaged in completing a very heavy contract for the Philadelphia and Erie railroad company, in constructing Bennetís branch railway, 18 miles in length, at Driftwood. He died Feb. 1, 1870, in the 65th year of his age.

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