Place:Swissvale, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameSwissvale
TypeBorough
Coordinates40.422°N 79.886°W
Located inAllegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Swissvale is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, east of downtown Pittsburgh. Named for a farmstead owned by abolitionist and early feminist Jane Swisshelm, during the industrial age it was the site of the Union Switch and Signal Company of George Westinghouse. The population was 8,983 at the 2010 census. In 1940, 15,919 people lived there.

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Swissvale is named after the Swisshelm family. John Swisshelm (1752–1838), who owned a farm where the town is located. John Swisshelm served under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War, and camped at Valley Forge. John Swisshelm married Mary Elizabeth Miller, and they had many children. Their son, James Swisshelm, married Jane Grey Cannon, noted abolitionist and political activist. The Pittsburgh neighborhood of Swisshelm Park, adjacent to Swissvale, is named after Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm.

George Westinghouse, the President of Westinghouse Air Brake Company, formed the Union Switch & Signal company and maintained that facility in Swissvale.

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