Judge Marcus Wilson Acheson and Sophie Duff Reiter
Husband Judge Marcus Wilson Acheson 1 2 3
Born: 7 Jun 1828 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 3 Christened: Died: 21 Jun 1906 4 Buried:
Father: David Acheson (Abt 1770-1851) 1 3 5 Mother: Mary Wilson (Abt 1788-1872) 3 6
Marriage: 9 Jun 1859 4
Wife Sophie Duff Reiter 4
Born: Christened: Died: Buried:
Father: Dr. William C. Reiter ( - ) 4 Mother: Eliza Reynolds ( - ) 4
General Notes: Husband - Judge Marcus Wilson Acheson
He was graduated from Washington College (later Washington and Jefferson College) in 1846. Having read law with his brother, Alexander W. Acheson, he was admitted to the bar of Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1852. He removed to Pittsburgh, and on June 18, 1852, was admitted to the bar of Allegheny County. In 1860 he and George P. Hamilton joined in the practice of law, and the firm of Hamilton & Acheson continued until Mr. Hamilton's withdrawal on account of ill health, some years later. On January 7, 1880, Mr. Acheson was appointed by President Hayes to be the Judge of the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He discharged the duties of United States District Judge until January 23, 1891, when he was appointed by President Harrison to be United States Circuit Judge, to succeed Judge William McKennan, for the Third Federal Judicial Circuit, composed of the States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. At that time he was the sole circuit judge of the circuit, holding court in Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton, Williamsport, Philadelphia, Trenton and Wilmington. Upon the organization of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, in 1891, he became and until his death continued Presiding Judge of that court for the Third Circuit, the sessions of which were held in Philadelphia. He continued also until his death to perform the duties of Circuit Judge, but there being two additional Circuit Judges for the Third District, his presence as Circuit Judge was only required at Pittsburgh as a general rule.
1 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 27.
2 Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Her People Past and Present (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1914), Pg 989.
3 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 64.
4 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 65.
5 Charles A. Babcock, Venango County, Pennsylvania, Her Pioneers and People (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1919), Pg 511.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 252.