James H. Laughlin

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James H. Laughlin
Born March 1, 1806
County Down, Ireland
Died December 18, 1882 (1882-12-19) (aged 76)
Occupation financier
Known for Jones and Laughlin Steel
Spouse(s) Ann Irwin
Children Eliza Irwin Laughlin, James Laughlin
Parent(s) James and Eliza Laughlin
Relatives James Laughlin IV, Irwin B. Laughlin, Duncan Phillips

James H. Laughlin was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born March 1, 1806 near Portaferry in County Down.[1] Laughlin died on December 18, 1882.[2]

Steel industry[edit]

In 1854, Laughlin bought the retiring Bernard Lauth's interest in the steel partnership with Benjamin Franklin Jones.[2] The company was renamed Jones and Laughlin in 1861, later reorganized as J&L Steel.[3][4]

Involvement in Pittsburgh[edit]

In 1844, Laughlin was appointed as a corporator to the board responsible for establishing the Allegheny Cemetery.[5] In 1852, Laughlin and his associates, including B.F. Jones, founded a banking organization that, when chartered, was the First National Bank of Pittsburgh,[2][6] later Pittsburgh National Bank.[7]

Laughlin was the first president of the Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.

He was a founder of the Pennsylvania Female College,[2] which later became Chatham University.


  1. ^ Boucher, John Newton (1908). A century and a half of Pittsburg and her people. Lewis Pub. Co. p. 213.  |OCLC=13928977
  2. ^ a b c d Thurston, George H. (1888). Allegheny county's hundred years. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library. pp. 258–260. 
  3. ^ "Family's Fourth". Time (April 13). April 13, 1936. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Jones-Laughlin Steel to be Reorganized" (PDF). The New York Times (Aug. 6). 1922. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa (1910). The Allegheny cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa: its origin and early history, also a report of its condition, progress and business during thelast ten years, June 1, 1900-May 31, 1910. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library. p. 13. 
  6. ^ White, Edward (1903). A century of banking in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Corporate History". PNC Legacy Project. PNC Financial Services. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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