WALL, RICHARD J., dentist, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in
Philadelphia, Pa., May 1, 1865. He is a son of Richard and Elizabeth (Westcott)
Wall. His father was a native of county Cork, Ireland. He was a sea captain, and
part owner of a merchant sailing vessel, and engaged in traffic in all parts of
the globe. While he was yet a young man he became an officer in the British
navy. He commanded a battery in the Sepoy Rebelliion, and marched from Calcutta
to Lucknow, a distant of nine hundred miles, through a densely settled country,
participating in many battles. He came to this country, and in 1867 retired from
all marine service, and engaged in business in Philadelphia. In 1869 he came to
Hummelstown and became foreman in the Brownstone quarries, where he was employed
until 1893; at this date he retired from active business. He is a member of the
Masonic fraternity; politically, a Democrat; by church membership, a Lutheran.
He was married in Newfoundland to Elizabeth Westcott. They have had eight
children, of whom seven are living: Cora, wife of Wells Grove, of Harrisburg;
Richard J.; Charles B.; Lillie J., wife of Peter Hummel, of Philadelphia; Emma
J., Archibald, and Florence J., all of Hummelstown.
Richard J. Wall was educated in the Hummelstown schools. He studied dentistry under Dr. Christ, of Hummelstown, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1887; he has since that time been engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1890 he married Miss Elizabeth May, daughter of H.J. Hummel, of Hummelstown. They have three children: Richard C., Margerie M., and Mary Esther. Mr. and Mrs. Wall are members of the Lutheran church. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of the Patriotic Order Sons of America and Capital City Lodge, No. 301. I.O.O.F., Harrisburg.