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Robert W. Dunn    

ROBERT W. DUNN, attorney at law, was born at New Vernon, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1846. His great-grandfather, Allen Dunn, a native of the North of Ireland, immigrated to this state and located in Northumberland county. In 1804 he removed to Mercer county and settled a short distance north of the site of Sandy Lake, where he erected a cabin and cleared a small opening in the forest. He subsequently became quite prominent in political and religious circles. He was one of the organizers of Rocky Spring Associate Presbyterian church, and his name appears on the session book for 1811 as a ruling elder of that body. He served as sheriff of Mercer county from 1821 to 1824, and also filled several other minor offices. His sons, Robert and Francis, were afterward elders in the Rocky Spring church. The former married Agnes McKean, of Mercer, who bore him nine children: Allen, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Martha; Hugh, deceased; Margaret; Hamilton, deceased; Francis; Mary A., and Edward. In 1825 Robert Dunn erected the first blacksmith shop on the site of Sandy Lake and carried on the business many years. He was one of the incorporators of that borough. Allen, the eldest so of Robert and Agnes Dunn, and the father of our subject, was born and reared in Sandy Lake. He married Eliza K., daughter of Samuel Barr, of Mill Creek township, Mercer county. They were the parents of the following children: Margaret B.; Robert W.; Samuel B., deceased; Allen, deceased; Nancy A; Edward S.; Mary E.; Martha 3., and Harry A. In 1856 the family removed to Venango county, and in1858 located in Franklin. In 1868 they went to Kansas where the father died in 1883. His widow is now a resident of Ottawa City, Kansas.

Robert W. Dunn, the subject of this sketch, came with his parents to Venango county and afterward to Franklin. He received his primary education in the public schools, and graduated at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, in 1867. Soon after graduating he commenced reading law with Taylor & Mackey, of Franklin, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1869. He has since been admitted to practice in the courts of adjoining counties, in the supreme court and in the United States courts, and has been equally successful in civil and criminal law. Mr. Dunn was married July 18, 1867, to Miss Martha, daughter of ex-Senator Francis, of Lawrence county, Pennsylvania. Their children are: Ella 3.; William A., and Bessie M. The family are Presbyterian in faith, and in politics Mr. Dunn is a stanch Democrat. He is a member of the Masonic order, the I. 0. 0. F., and the A. 0. U. W.; he is one of the well-known members of the Venango bar, and has built up a good practice during the past twenty years.

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania : its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc., etc.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, pages 810-811. 
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