EDWARD ACKLEY McGRANAHAN, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Edward A. McGranahan, Chief of the Fire Department of the City of Wheeling, W. Va., has been a member of this city's fire department since 1905. He has been Chief since February 16, 1922. His first connection with the fire department was as Island driver, with Company 5, of which he was a member for twelve years. Chief McGranahan from the very outset was a marked man, manifesting forcibly those qualities of competence and quick decision in action so necessary for leadership. It was not many years before he was generally recognized as one of the outstanding men in the fire department, as he is today acknowledged one of the most successful fire executives in the country. In 1920 he was appointed Captain of Engine Company 8, and on February 16, 1922, was advanced to his present post as Chief.
Chief McGranahan is a native of Wheeling, born July 28, 1882, son of L. D. and Margaret (Berry) McGranahan. He graduated from the Wheeling public schools and at the age of seventeen went to work with the Aetna Standard Iron & Steel Company, Bridgeport, Ohio. He worked eight years in their steel mill, and was later associated with the Laughlin Tin Mill, eventually giving up mill work to join the fire forces of Wheeling.
He was married, in 1905, to Bessie Porter of Martins Ferry, Ohio, and has eight children: Loretta, Bessie, Harry, Elsie, Harold, Nancy, Jean and Margery.
Chief McGranahan is a member of all the Masonic Bodies and is one of the most prominent figures in West Virginia Masonry. He is affiliated with Scottish Rite Bodies, the Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, Nelson Blue Lodge and others, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the Dokies. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is West Virginia State Vice-President of that organization. He and his family are communicants of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church.
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