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Philip J. Bartleson

PHILIP J. BARTLESON was born in Campbell County, Ky., October 20. 1837. In 1840 his father moved to Wheeling, Va., where he purchased, in connection with James E. Wharton, the Daily Times and Gazette, a Whig journal, in which office the subject of this sketch learned the printer’s trade. At that time this was the best printing office in the State outside of Richmond, having six presses in the jobbing department, with bindery. etc. Mr. Bartleson had three brothers, Charles, Frederick and William, Charles and Frederick being older and William younger. The two first named also learned the printer’s trade. Charles started with the “forty-niners” to California, but died on the way from illness contracted on shipboard. Frederick became a lawyer, and settled in Joliet, Ill., and was, during the war, colonel of the One Hundredth Illinois Infantry. He was killed at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. William was a private in the Sixty-ninth New York Infantry, and was killed in the Wilderness. In 1858 Mr. Bartleson went to Waynesburg, Greene Co., Penn., with his father, where they published the Republican. In 1861 Mr. Bartleson was married to Miss Margaret, daughter of Jesse Rinehart, Esq., of Waynesburg and moved to Brooklyn, N. Y., where he was employed on the Times. In 1866 he moved to Pittsburgh, and was engaged on the Gazette, where he remained until 1869, when he moved to Greenville, this county, and became a silent partner of Jacob Miller in the publication of the Argus, but withdrew just before the sale of the paper to W. F. Chalfant. In August, 1871, he assumed the editorship and management of the Advertiser, and has been in charge of the paper since. In politics Mr. Bartleson is a conservative Republican. He has never held an office, with the exception of school director of Sharpsville which position he is now holding, serving his twelfth year, or fourth successive term.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 837

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