“Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: personal and genealogical, Vol. 1
Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis.: Northwestern Historical Association , 1904
Pg. 25 (Picture of DAVID REECE TORRENCE)
Note: Pittsburgh is spelled Pittsburg in the article.
DAVID REECE TORRENCE, city treasurer of Pittsburgh, born April 10, 1847. He was reared and educated in his native city, and has been an honored resident most of his life. When fifteen years old he left school, and was for two years employed in his father’s grocery, then he entered the employ of the P. C. C. & St. L. R. R. company, as a clerk in the South Side office. He remained with this company about eight years, then resigned and went to Paducah, Ky. He was appointed local freight and ticket agent of the Elizabethtown & Paducah railroad company, which later became the Louisville, Paducah & Southwestern. In 1876 MR. TORRENCE returned to Pittsburgh, and was for two years employed by the coal firm of Negley & Co. He entered the office of the city treasurer in 1878, as clerk, where his career has been brilliant and eventful. In the same year that he became an employee in the city treasurer’s office, MR. TORRENCE was made cashier, and, in 1885, he was made chief clerk. In 1896 he was elected treasurer, was re-elected in 1899, and, in 1902, was appointed to fill the office for a third term, under the famous “Ripper bill.” MR. TORRENCE served the thirty-second ward, Pittsburgh, for eighteen years as a member of the school board, and for fifteen years of that time represented his ward on the Central school board. During his service on the Central board he was one of its prominent members, and was chairman of the committee which introduced industrial education into the public (pg. 26) schools, and chairman of the committee which built the Fifth Avenue high school and the South Side high school. MR. TORRENCE is an enthusiastic Mason, a Knight Templar and Mystic Shriner. He is a member of the Episcopal church.
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