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“Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania” Vol. 4
Author: Walkinshaw, Lewis Clark
AVRA N. PERSHING, JR. - Well known as an exceptionally able lawyer, AVRA N. PERSHING, JR., of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, is also a prominent figure in athletics and civic affairs, and humanitarian and social activities. If his surname sounds familiar to the followers of football, it is even more so to the world at large, as that of the head of our army in France during the World War.
The family from which he and GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING sprang was founded in America by one FREDERICK PERSHING (PFOERSCHING) of noted French Huguenot lineage, who came to this country from Alsace-Lorraine on the good ship “Jacob,” landing at the port of Philadelphia, October 2, 1749. He settled, first, north of Frederick, Maryland, which was then the frontier of the Southern Colonies. Not many miles south of the PERSHING cabin was the one-time quarters of General Edward Braddock's forces of French and Indians, so disastrous defeated in July, 1755, when he tried to invest Fort Duquesne, the present site of Pittsburgh. In 1768 FREDERICK PERSHING removed to Westmoreland, locating along Nine-Mile Run, in Unity he and his sons built “Coventry” upon his land. This was in the days of Fort Ligonier and Fort Pitt, when the Byerlys were situated west of Bush Run; the Proctor and Hughes families at Cochran's Ford; and several Maryland and Virginia families were to be found some twenty miles south. One of the sons of the original FREDERICK PERSHING was the REV. DANIEL PERSHING, who was the father of twelve children, one being JOSEPH PERSHING (1810-71), whose son, JOHN F. PERSHING (1834-1906), was the father of GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING, Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Another son of REV. DANIEL PERSHING was ISAAC PERSHING (1800-86), father of the REV. JUSTUS H. PERSHING, who was a minister of the Church of the United Brethren and a veteran of the War Between the States. He married MARY MAGUIRE, like her husband, a native of Derry Township, Westmoreland County. Of their children was AVRA N. PERSHING, SR., a Greensburg coal operator, who married MINNIE EVERETT, daughter of the late FREDERICK STECK and CLARA (BLAIR) EVERETT, natives of Greensburg and Salem Township, respectively.
AVRA N. PERSHING, JR., son of AVRA N. PERSHING, SR., and MINNIE (EVERETT) PERSHING, was born on March 20, 1905, in Greensburg. After being graduated from the Greensburg High School in 1922 he entered Lafayette College, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science, with the class of 1926. He then matriculated at the School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, being graduated in 1929, a Bachelor of Laws. Admitted to the Pennsylvania bar, that same year, he has since been engaged in a general practice of his profession in Greensburg.
Since high school days, MR. PERSHING has displayed qualities of leadership and service. He was elected president of his senior class, a distinction which was repeated when he led his graduating class at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. In church, as in school, the same readiness to be of service has been evident, as shown by the fact that for the past five years he has been superintendent of the Sunday school of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. In recent years his interest in civic affairs has carried him into wider fields. Among his activities are membership on the board of directors of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Men's Christian Association Home; of the local advisory board of the Salvation Army, and the Community Forum Committee. A Mason, MR. PERSHING is affiliated with Greensburg Lodge, No. 518, Free and Accepted Masons. He also belongs to the Greensburg Rotary Club, Phi Delta Phi, legal fraternity, and the Phi Delta Theta, college fraternity. Along professional lines he is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association and the Westmoreland County Bar Association. He is an active Republican in politics.
All athletics have always engaged MR. PERSHING'S keen interests, although football has been and continues to be the greatest of games to him. In 1920 and 1921 he played on the Greensburg High School State championship teams. In 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1925, he was a member of Lafayette's eleven. He was line coach of the Greensburg High School team in 1926 and 1927, and in 1928 he coached the football team at Hurst High School in Mount Pleasant Township. He is now a member of and a past president of the Westmoreland County Football Official's Association.
On July 24, 1929, AVRA N. PERSHING, JR., married DOROTHY GAIL McKEE, daughter of DR. CLAUDE WORTH and ANNA (HUMPHRIES) McKEE, of Greensburg. DR. McKEE is a son of the late DR. JAMES WORTH and HARRIET (KING) McKEE, of Armstrong County, Pa. DR. McKEE is an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist of Greensburg. MRS. McKEE is a daughter of ENOCH A. and ESTHER HUMPHRIES, late residents of Scottdale, where MR. HUMPHRIES was an operator of local coal mines. MRS. PERSHING was educated in the Greensburg High School; the Baldwin School, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and the University of Michigan. Like her husband, she is active in civic and educational affairs, serving as president of the (pg. 123) Greensburg College Club (1937-38 and 1938-39) inclusive, is a member of the board of the Greensburg Library Association, and identified with various women's organizations.
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