Hugh Sobieski Brady, born on November 28, 1816, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, started his banking career at 16 in Carlisle and then Philadelphia. Despite his young age, his financial skills led him to become cashier of the Merchants and Mechanics Bank in Wheeling, West Virginia. He later served as West Virginia State Treasurer under Governor John J. Jacob and was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Henry M. Matthews in March 1877.
Mr. Brady always took an active interest in the prosperity of Wheeling, and the many valuable services he has rendered this community as a private citizen, as a councilman, and as mayor for several consecutive terms.
In addition to his career, Brady was actively involved with Saint Matthews P.E. Church in Wheeling, serving as a vestryman for 40 years and as a senior warden for over 20 years. On August 28, 1838, in Wheeling, Hugh married Mary Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of Judge Alexander Caldwell of Virginia, and they raised fifteen children.