PRESSLEY BIRGER KLEIN, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Pressley B. Klein is a member of the Wheeling law firm of Blackford-Hundt-Klein. He formerly practiced law in Pittsburgh, from 1920 to 1923. In 1923 he came to Wheeling to organize the local claim department of the Travelers Insurance Company, supervising their claims and litigations until the fall of 1924. At that time he was admitted to the bar of West Virginia and centered into the general practice of law in his present association. He is noted for the energetic manner in which he works, and has amassed a great fund of special knowledge of the law as it affects the insurance business and is also giving particular attention to corporation law. One of the younger lawyers of Wheeling, Mr. Klein is also one of the most able.
Probably his major interest, outside of his profession, is in military organization. With a record of long service in the World War as an officer on the Western front and with the Army of Occupation in Germany, he was commissioned a Captain in the Reserve Corps after the war, and now commands Battery "A", 374th Field Artillery and is acting battalion commander of the First Battalion.
Mr. Klein was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., July 7, 1894, son of F. Birger and Anna C. Klein. He attended Wilkinsburg (Pa.) High School, Washington and Jefferson College (A. B. 1915) and University of Pittsburgh Law School (LL. B. 1920). His law studies were interrupted by the war. In 1917 he attended Officers Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where he was commissioned Lieutenant of Field Artillery. With that rank he served overseas with the 79th Field Artillery, 7th Division, and the 7th Field Artillery, First Division, in France and in Germany. He returned from the Army of Occupation in September, 1919, and was promoted to Captain. He was reappointed in the Reserve Corps after his discharge from regular service.
He is a member of Fort Henry Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association; Orient Lodge No. 590, F. & A. M. of Wilkinsburg, Pa.; Pennsylvania Consistory of Scottish Rite; Syria Temple (Pittsburgh) and later Osiris Temple (Wheeling), Mystic Shrine; Wilmas Club, Pittsburgh; Cedar Rocks Country Club; Kappa Sigma Fraternity, W. & J. College; Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity, Pittsburgh Law School.
Home: Oak Park, Wheeling. Office: 500-503 Board of Trade Building, Wheeling.