Senator William Smith Rial

Senator William Smith Rial

Birth
West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Jul 1941 (aged 65)
Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 98660124 · View Source
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RIAL SERVICES ON TUESDAY

At time of passing, he was the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, appointed by Gov. James, he was 65 at time of passing. Govenor James states that he will likely go to furneral in Greensburg tomorrow to attend the services for Rial who died of a heart ailment in his home. servies will be held at 2:00 pm. at the First United Church of Greensburg.

Rial was stricken late Friday night, shortly after arriving home from Harrisburg. The Govenor and Rial were personal friends, and Gov. James was an honorary pall bearer, [as well as a long list of government and potical people, ie. Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and Police Officials]

Rial formally served as Deputy Attorney General, and was a practicing attorney since 1901, and held several county offices, including that of county solicitor. He also served 2 years in the State Senate, filling the unexpired term of the late John E. Kunkle. His party activities included positions of county and state committeemen and coounty chairman.

He was born in West Newton, but moved to Greensburg with his family when his father became the manager of the telegraph office here. Rial attended the Greensburg public schools, the Greensburg Seminary and studied law at the University of Pittsburgh, then know as the Western University of Pennsylvania. After being admitted to the bar in 1901, he practiced alone until 1921, when he formed a partnership with H.E. Marker, Sr. of Greensburg. He was a 33rd degree Mason and active in lodge affairs. His widow and seven children survive.




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  • Maintained by: L Evans
  • Originally Created by: Franny
  • Added: 11 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98660124
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Senator William Smith Rial (14 Jun 1876–19 Jul 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98660124, citing Saint Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by L Evans (contributor 47540766) .