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John Pitcairn

Posted:January, 21 2015

Great Grandfather


Great Grandfather John Pitcairn, born in 1841 in Johnstone, Scotland near Glasgow. Emigrated with his family at five years old to Pittsburgh. Known as the moral giant among robber barons, he co-founded Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, PPG Industries. Later bought open country land near Philadelphia and created a community called Bryn Athyn. The town was designed by the landscapers of Central Park in New York City, Olmsted and Olmsted.

Pittsburgh Plate Glass building (PPG Industries), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


John Pitcairn, Jr. on Wikipedia