Title: Pittsburgh of today, its resources and people Vol. 3, by Frank C. Harper...
Author: Harper, Frank C.
“W (ILLIAM) GLENN McKEE- a lawyer by profession, MR. McKEE was engaged in the active practice of law in his native city, Pittsburgh, until 1923, with the exception of about two years spent in the United States Navy during the World War. Since then he has devoted himself to business affairs as president of McKee-Oliver, Incorporated, dealers in iron and steel. Under his able direction this enterprise has grown rapidly and has made for itself an enviable reputation. MR. McKEE is generally regarded as one of the most able and successful of the younger generation of Pittsburgh’s business executives and is widely known in the steel and iron industry.
W (ILLIAM) GLENN McKEE was born in Pittsburgh, January 10, 1889, a son of ALEXANDER ELLSWORTH and ELLA (WELSH) McKEE, both now deceased. His father was for many years engaged in the glass business in Pittsburgh. MR. McKEE received his early education in the public grammar and high schools of Pittsburgh and then attended Yale University from which he was graduated with the degree of Arts in 1911. Next he took up the study of law at the Harvard Law School, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1914. Admitted to the Allegheny County Bar in that year, he immediately established himself in the practice of law in Pittsburgh, in which he continued successfully until 1917. In that year, soon after the United States had entered the World War, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was sent for special training to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, was commissioned an ensign to the United States ship “New Jersey,” one of the well-known battleships of the navy. Later he was transferred to the United States ship “Powhatan,” used during the war as a troop transport. When he resigned from the United States Navy, in February, 1919, MR. McKEE held the rank of lieutenant, junior grade. He returned to Pittsburgh and resumed the practice of law until 1923. He then formed the firm of McKee-Oliver, Incorporated, and has served as president since its formation. Associated with him in the management of this enterprise are the following: Bennett Oliver, vice-president, a record of whose career appears also in this volume; I. H. Dougherty, treasurer (see following biography); William L. Abbott, secretary.
McKee-Oliver, Incorporated, was started in 1923 on a rather small scale on West Carson Street, near Smithfield Street Bridge, with about a dozen employees. In 1930 it moved to new offices and warehouses at No. 1326 West Carson Street, just below the Point Bridge...
MR. McKEE, though no longer active in law practice, still maintains his membership in the Allegheny County Bar. He also belongs to Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and to East Liberty Post, No. 5, American Legion, as well as the Duquesne Club, the Oakmont Country Club, the Fox Chapel Golf Club, and the University Club, all of Pittsburgh. His religious affiliation is with the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Ascension of Pittsburgh.
MR. McKEE married (first) in 1918, JEAN MARSHALL KENNEDY, who died September 22, 1919. By this marriage he has one daughter, JEAN MARSHALL KENNEDY McKEE.. He married (second) in 1927, MARJORIE GARLAND, a daughter of MR. and MRS. H. P. GARLAND, of Saco, Maine. The family makes its home at No. 5834 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”
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