James P. McNally – The name of McNally has long been prominently identified with the wholesale distribution of woolen fabrics in Pittsburgh, and Mr. McNally, one of the present heads of the business, is a son of James A. McNally, the founder of the firm James A. McNally & Sons. James A. McNally established the business in 1867, and built up a large trade in imported and domestic woolens by the yard at wholesale, special attention being given to the famous hand loom products by the Irish cottage industries. He married Mary Ingoldsby, who was descended from one of the earliest pioneer families of Pittsburgh.James P. McNally was born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 8, 1869, and was educated at Fordham University, of New York City, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1892. After finishing school he spent one year in travel abroad, then, in 1893, entered business with his father in Pittsburgh, and has since taken an increasingly responsible interest in the business, which dates from 1867.
Mr. McNally for many years was identified with Pennsylvania military affairs, entering the service as second lieutenant in 1894, and passing by promotion to the rank of captain of Company D, Eighteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard. During the Spanish-American War he served as adjutant of this regiment. Mr. McNally has always been deeply interested in outdoor sports, and particularly enjoys golf, hand ball, and horse-back riding. He is a member of the American Republican Club, Shannopin Country Club, and the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.
On Jan 31, 1900, Mr. McNally married Constance Keating, daughter of Anthony F. and Emily (Toner) Keating, the father a well-known steel man of Pittsburgh. Mr. and Mrs. McNally were the parents of five children: James A., Constance Mary, William Keating, Victor A., and Emily Patricia. The family resides in at Shields, Sewickley Valley. Mrs. Constance (Keating) McNally died Jan 2. 1918, and on Sept. 22, 1920, Mr. McNally married Emily Alice Keating, a sister of his deceased wife, who was for a number of years interested in juvenile court work in this city, and is still active in various phases of child welfare work. A daughter, Barbara, was born in Mr. and Mrs. James P. and Emily A. (Keating) McNall, July 18, 1921.
Source: Fleming, George Thornton, History of Pittsburgh and Environs, published 1922 by The American Historical Society, New York, p. 98. Available via books.google.com.