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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Alexander Brown Halliday


ALEXANDER BROWN HALLIDAY, a successful New York lawyer, was born September 7, 1869, in New York City, the only son of Alexander Halliday and Margaret Munroe. His father was born in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, September 29; 1834, and came to America in 1851. The Halliday family is of old covenanting stock, several of whom suffered martyrdom, and has figured in the history of Galloway since the sixteenth century.

They have been landowners of the same properties from 1500 to the present. generation. The father will be remembered as a wholesouled Scot, a resident of Yonkers, N. Y., and a member of the Presbyterian Church and the New York Burns and St. Andrew’s Societies. He carried on a successful business, as A. Halliday & Co., for more than forty years on Harrison Street, New York City. He died February 6, 1905; his wife died in 1898.

The surviving son, Alexander Brown Halliday, was educated at Calleson’s School, New York City, Adams Academy, Quincy, Mass., Harvard University, class of 1891, and Columbia University Law School; and since 1894 he has engaged in an extensive law practice in New York City.

Mr. Halliday is of a pleasant and social disposition, diligent in business and a loyal and sympathetic friend. While a thoroughgoing American, he, like his father, takes a deep interest in everything relating to Scotland. He is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, was Chairman of the Board of Managers, 1915, and was elected Secretary of the Society, May, 1916. He is a member of the St. Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers; and of the Harvard, Reform, and University clubs, and the Fine Arts Society and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. He attends the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Halliday married, June 7, 1899, Ellen M., daughter of the late John Reid and Elizabeth E. Mudge, of Yonkers, New York. They have four children: Jean, born November 9, 1900; Margaret, born August 30, 1903; Ellen, born January 18, 1906; and Elizabeth, born February 18, 1911. Mr. Halliday’s residence is 316 Palisade Avenue, Yonkers, N. Y.; his business address, 44 Pine Street, New York City.


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