Tube City Almanac

August 06, 2007

The 'Tinplate Liar' of McKeesport

Category: History || By jt3y

A McKeesport councilman was once denounced in The New York Times and on the floor of the United States Congress as a "tin-plated liar" for arguing that American workers could produce tin-plated steel as good as that imported from Europe.

Indirectly, he helped to elect William McKinley to the presidency in 1896.

You probably didn't know that, did you? Neither did I until a few weeks ago.

And you may know that the part of McKeesport and North Versailles Township that's under the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge is known as "Demmler." In fact, the CSX Railroad facility there is still called "Demmler Yard."

But do you know who Demmler is named after? I didn't, either, until recently.

Read all about the growing pains of the Mon Valley's steel industry in "The 'Tinplate Liar' of McKeesport." It's the latest article in Tube City Online's new "Steel Heritage" section.

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