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Hugh McNeill

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Session Office Position District Party
1875 42 Republican
1876 42 Republican
1877 42 Republican
1879-1880 42 Republican
1881-1882 President Pro Tempore 42 Republican
1883-1884 42 Republican
1885-1886 42 Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


09/21/1822 - 08/27/1886

Hugh McNeill (R42) Allegheny County (part) 1875-1886

Early Life:

Hugh McNeil, born September 21, 1822, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ireland; son of a Northern Ireland lime manufacturer; educated, Ballycastle; engaged agriculture with father; immigrated New York, 1845 engaged, clerk, bookkeeper; salesman, dry goods company; New Orleans, wharf time-keeper, 1846-1849; clerk, Judge G.E. Warner’s Herr Island Lumber Company business, Pittsburgh, 1849; married Mary Awl, 1850, sons, William Winfield McNeill, James McGraw McNeill; received naturalization papers, 1854; attended private school; formed, partnership, Harvey, Warner, and McNeill Planning Mill and Barge Building Yard, 1855-1866; McNeill and Dean and Company;  member, Allegheny City Council, 1862-1874; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 1874-1886, elected, President Pro Tempore, 1861; died, in office, August 27, 1886, stomach inflammation, at home, Washington Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; interment Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Formed, partnership, Warner, and McNeill Planning Mill and Barge Building Yard, 1855-1866; maintained a professional relationship with Judge Warner, the two men entering the coal trade, profiting during the Civil War, constructing boats for the federal government. At the height of production, the business boasted a planning mill, lath mill, boiler-engine house, extensive boat yard, and ample storage and office space. The timber company produced 70 barges a year, processing four million feet of timber. 

President, Sprang Steel and Iron Company; vice president, Allegheny Heating; director, German Nation Bank, Allegheny; director, Second National Bank, Allegheny; director Mechanics Street Bridge Company.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 42nd district, Allegheny County (part), 1875-1886; elected, President Pro Tempore, 1861; Chairman of Congressional Apportionment, Finance, Mines and Mining, Municipal Affairs Committees; other committee assignments, Compare Bills, Public Buildings. Member of the Union Railroad and Transportation Investigative Committee.


Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1885) Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 844, 849-851, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 811.

Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Saturday August 28, 1886, Page 4