Gallagher, Ralph W.
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Gallagher, Ralph W. (27 May 1881–31 July 1952), oil industry executive, was born in Salamanca, New York, the son of Charles Edward Gallagher and Catherine Lanning. He attended local schools until his father’s death forced him to drop out of high school at the age of sixteen. In order to help support his family, he oiled machinery and swept floors at a pumping station in nearby Olean, New York. While working at the station, which was owned by the New York Transit Company, a subsidiary of industry giant Standard Oil, Gallagher completed his education by studying engineering and related subjects at night. Details of the next several years of Gallagher’s life remain murky; he at some point moved to the United Pipe Lines Company and the National Transit Company, where he held a variety of positions, including fireman, relief telegrapher, tank gauger, and construction foreman. He also married Mary (maiden name unknown) and had four children; the date of his marriage is unknown....