George T. Weingartner prominent member of the New Castle bar, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives belonged to an old established family of Lawrence County. He was born in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, August 4, 1875, son of George A. and Martha Warnock Weingartner. The grandparents of Mr. Weingartner were born in Germany, and after they came to America they lived for a short time in Philadelphia, after which they came to Lawrence County, making the trip in great covered wagons. The grandfather, George Weingartner, secured a tract of timber land in Slippery Rock Township and there he passed the remaining years of his life. George A. Weingartner was born November 13, 1836, in Philadelphia, and was small when his parents came to Slippery Rock Township, which remained his settled home through life, his death taking place March 27, 1885. His occupation was farming. On December 8, 1863, he enlisted for service in the Civil War, entering Company E, First Missouri Light Artillery, and he was honorably discharged at Vicksburg February 1, 1865. He was a leading member of the Greenwood Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as a trustee and steward for many years. He was married in November, 1872, to Martha Warnock, who was born June 17, 1837, and lived her entire life in Lawrence County. She was a daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Manning Warnock, the latter of whom was a daughter of James Manning, a Revolutionary soldier who served eight years in the Revolutionary army and lived to the ripe old age of one hundred and seven (107) years. Two children were born to George A. Weingartner and wife: James A. and George T. The former was born December 19, 1876, and is a carpenter and contractor in Lawrence County. George T. Weingartner attended the district schools until he was seventeen years of age and then entered the Rose Point Academy, in Slippery Rock Township, where he was graduated in 1896. In the meanwhile he had been teaching school for four years. In the fall of 1897 he entered the law office of Robert K. Aiken, Esq., as a student, and continued there until he was prepared for the bar, being admitted to practice on March 15, 1899. He won a prominent position in his profession and became a leading politician of Lawrence County. In 1904 he was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, served through the regular session of 1905 and the extra session of 1906. He was re-elected in 1906 and served through the regular session of 1907, during this whole period winning the approbation of his constituents and fellow citizens. His party selected him as their standard bearer from the Forty-seventh District for the State Senate, and a bright political future opened up before him, for he had the talents and attributes necessary for a successful public career. In addition to Mr. Weingartner's professional and political activities he was also largely interested in real estate and building operations in the east side district of New Castle and to his credit more than any other man is due the wonderful recent development in that part of the city.
In 1901, Mr. Weingartner married Anna Hazen, daughter of Eli W. and Margaret E. (Mitchell) Hazen, and niece of Judge Hazen, who is the editor of the historical work of which this record forms an interesting part. Mr. and Mrs. Weingartner have two daughters, namely: Martha, who was born February 20, 1902, and Elizabeth, who was born December 4, 1907.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908