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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHARLES WOODRUFF SCOVEL, Pittsburgh, was born Aug. 16, 1862, in Springfield, Ohio, son of Rev. Sylvester F. Scovel, D. D., now president of the University of Wooster, Ohio, who was nearly twenty years pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. The paternal grandfather of C. W. Scovel was Rev. Sylvester Scovel, D. D., president of Hanover College, Ohio. Charles came in 1866 to Pittsburgh, graduated from the Central high-school of that city in 1880, and from the Western University of Pennsylvania with first honors in 1883. He received his legal education in the office of William Scott, Esq., at the Columbia Law School, N. Y., and at the University of Berlin, Germany, and was admitted to practice in Allegheny county in July, 1886. He was married, June 24, 1886, to Sara Wilson Butler, and their children are Sylvester Butler and Sara Wilson Scovel. In addition to the active duties of his profession, Mr. Scovel finds time to fill the post of a church organist and to contribute a weekly musical article to the Pittsburgh Dispatch.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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