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Arthur St. Clair's life on frontier topic of Westmoreland Historical talk

| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1:45 a.m.
The Westmoreland County Historical Society headquarters and library are located at 362 Sand Hill Road in Unity.
Westmoreland County Historical Society
The Westmoreland County Historical Society headquarters and library are located at 362 Sand Hill Road in Unity.

Saint Vincent College history professor Susan Mitchell Sommers will talk about the successive roles played by one of Western Pennsylvania's leading historical figures in her presentation “Arthur St. Clair on the Frontier.”

Her talk is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Westmoreland County Historical Society's Calvin E. Pollins Library, 362 Sand Hill Road, off Route 30 in Unity.

The program is free for society members, with a $7 fee for others. For reservations, call 724-532-1935, ext. 210.

In a previous presentation, “The Boy from Caithness,” Sommers discussed St. Clair's life in Scotland and his arrival in America while serving with the British Army during the French and Indian War. In the sequel, she will continue his story after his 1760 marriage to Phoebe Bayard of Boston.

Settling in the Ligonier Valley in 1764, St. Clair became one of the region's largest landowners and got involved with Pennsylvania's colonial government as settlement expanded westward.

He played a role in Pennsylvania's border dispute with Virginia and joined the cause of independence from British rule, rising to the rank of major general in the Continental Army.

In a career marked by its share of controversy, he also served as president of Congress under the Articles of Confederation and was the first governor of the Northwest Territory.

Sommers is the author of several books, including most recently, The Sibly's of London: A Family on the Fringes of Georgian England.

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