While in his own right Walter Lyon has won a prominent and permanent place in the history of Pennsylvania, it is an added pleasure to record his connection with one of the ancient families of the State, his ancestors being among those Scotch-Irish settlers, who, prior to the Revolution, came from the province of Ulster to the Juniata Valley of Pennsylvania, and were granted land and established families. Walter Lyon has been continuously in the practice of his profession for forty-five years, Pittsburgh the seat of his practice. He departed at one time from the exclusive practice of law and was State Senator, and for four years Lieutenant-Governor of Pennsylvania, an honor that forever quenched his political ambitions, if he had them, for he has never since accepted any political honors. He is a son of Henry Baldwin and Mary Ann (White) Lyon, his father a school teacher at the time of the birth of his son.
Walter Lyon was born in Shaler township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, April 27, 1853. He obtained his education in the public schools, Wakeham Academy, Pittsburgh, and under private tutors. For five years following his own school days he taught school, and afterwards studied law under the preceptorship of Samuel A. Pueviance, of the Allegheny county bar. He was admitted to the bar of Allegheny county in 1877, and at once began practice in Pittsburgh. In 1889 he was appointed United States district attorney for Western Pennsylvania, a post he ably filled until 1893, when he resigned to accept election to the seat in the Pennsylvania Senate formerly occupied by Senator John N. Neeb, deceased. In 1894, running on the same ticket as Governor Daniel H. Hastings, Walter Lyon was elected Lieutenant-Governor, serving four years in that high office. He then returned to private practice in Pittsburgh, as a member of the law firm of Lyon, Hunter & Burke. He is one of the strong men of the Pennsylvania bar and commands an extensive practice. In 1921 he was again appointed United States district attorney for the Western Pennsylvania district. He is a member of the County and State Bar associations, the Duquesne and Union clubs, of Pittsburgh, and the Allegheny Country Club, of Sewickley Heights. In politics he is a Republican, and was president of the state convention during the 1890 state nominationg convention.
Walter Lyon married, in 1878, Charlotte Wible, a daughter of Harrison and Rachel (Wilson) Wible, granddaughter of Andrew and Mary (Smith) Wible, and great-granddaughter of August and Katherine (Sny- der) Wible, his wife an aunt of Simon Snyder, third Governor of Pennsylvania. The Wibles were of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, until 1790, when Andrew Wible came to East Liberty, Pittsburgh, and later settled in Shaler township, Allegheny county, and there Harrison Wible was born and spent his life. Rachel (Wilson) Wible was a daughter of William and Jean (McClean) Wilson, her father a teacher, but later a land owner and farmer.
Died March 21, 1933.