Charles E. Harrington

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CHARLES E. HARRINGTON, attorney at law and representative citizen of Kittanning, was born at Parker City, Armstrong county, in December, 1873, son of Alonzo and Anna (Gales)Harrington.

Mr. Harrington's paternal grandfather was a native of New York State, coming of stock that settled early in this locality, during Colonial days. Some of his family served in the Revolutionary war, and one was a judge of distinction.

Alonzo Harrington came to Armstrong county about 1870, locating at Parker City, where he became largely interested in the oil industry. The following children were born to him and his wife, Anna: Charles E.; Ella, deceased; Genevieve, deceased; and Fanny G., who resides with her mother, Mrs. Anna Harrington, at Parker City, this county. Mrs. Harrington is a daughter of Captain Gales (deceased), and was born at Sligo, Clarion county, where she lived prior to her marriage to Alonzo Harrington.

Charles E. Harrington obtained his literary education under private tuition, and began the study of law in June,1906, with M.F. Leason, a well known attorney of Kittanning. Mr. Harrington was admitted to the bar in June, 1908, and has been in active practice ever since. During the Spanish-American war he served as a private in Company E, 15th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was mustered out in September, 1899. In 1909 he was the Democratic candidate for county judge, but this being a strong Republican district he was defeated. His natural mental ability and developed talents have gained him standing among the most reliable exponents of the law in Armstrong county, and his careful analysis of all cases intrusted to him justifies the strong confidence his clients place in him.

In 1901 Mr. Harrington was married to Margaret Cooper, of Parker City, daughter of the late John Thomas Cooper and Sarah (Bailey) Cooper. John Thomas Cooper was a soldier in the Civil war, and was a well known and prominent factor in the oil interests of Pennsylvania. He was prominently identified with the Cooper Brothers, oil operators. Sarah (Bailey) Cooper was a daughter of Elisha Bailey, of pioneer family of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Harrington gives substantial aid, as well as personal support, to the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a consistent member.

Mr. Harrington served in the Spanish-American war, and his father, who was a Civil war veteran, of the New York Volunteer Infantry, died in 1902, from the effects of disease contracted during his service.

Source: Page(s) PAGES 335-336, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed July 1998 by Patti Godesky for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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