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A Distinguished Beard: George Estep, Burgess of Duquesne

George Estep, burgess of Duquesne

George Estep was one of the founders of the borough of Duquesne and was burgess—the equivalent of mayor—twice. He was elected to the council in the first elections held in the new borough, and immediately began squabbling with the other members, leaving a trail of court cases all the way up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and beginning a political tradition that has been lovingly preserved in Duquesne to the present day. His lush growth of beard distinguishes him in the group portraits of Duquesne founders.

This photograph has never been published before, as far as old Pa Pitt knows, and he thanks the family for preserving it for us.

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