Samuel C Koonce




Samuel C. Koonce




Read biography from the Twentieth Century History of Mercer

SAMUEL C. KOONCE, farmer, post-office Clark, is about forty-five years old.  His father, Charles Koonce, was born in Bedford County, PA, July 9, 1808, where he obtained such educational advantages as could be secured at the common schools of that day.  In 1808 he came with his parents to Mercer County.  By strict application he acquired a fund of general information which qualified him for the various positions of trust and honor which he so efficiently filled.  The early portion of his life was spent in agricultural pursuits.  He was subsequently identified in mercantile pursuits, and in speculation in coal lands, in which he was very successful.  In 1835 he was appointed postmaster at Clark, under Gen. Jackson’s second administration.  He filled the office of justice of the peace for two terms of five years each.  He was married February 25, 1834, to Miss Hannah Haywood, by whom he had six children:  Emily, Sarah, William H., Samuel C., Cyntha A., and Alfred H.  His wife died in May 1845.  He was married again, in 1846, to Miss Rachel Vernon, to whom was born one child, Rachel V., now Mrs. G.W. Phillips, of Clarksville.  His second wife, died in May 1847.  He was again married, to the widow of David Thompson, of Hickory Township.  In 1863 he was elected a representative in the Legislature, and was re-elected in 1864, which duties he discharged with honor to himself and satisfaction to his constituents.  During the late war he was a stanch supporter of Union principles, and ably supported the administration in its efforts to crush our the Rebellion.  He always led an active and industrious life.  Politically he was a Democrat until the breaking out of the late war, after which he became identified with the Republican party.  He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church about forty years.  He died September 17, 1880, in his seventy-fifth year.  His widow died in 1884.  Samuel C., our subject, remained at home during his early years, obtaining an education at the public schools and at the academy at Clarksville.  He graduated at Duff’s Commercial College in Pittsburgh in 1860, after which he attended Westminster College at New Wilmington for two years.  He spent one year in the service of his country in the late war as private, lieutenant and assistant paymaster.  In 1864 he entered into mercantile business in Clarksville, where he remained for twelve years.  He was married September 12, 1865, to Miss Amanda E., daughter of A.M. Black, D.D., of Monmouth, IL.  They are living on the old homestead on which he was born.  He was appointed postmaster at Clark May 30, 1867, which office he filled till June, 1875, when, on account of failing health, he resigned the official position and went west, and spent about a year in Colorado.  Politically he is a Republican, and has filled numerous positions of trust in the party.  He was chairman of the Republican County Committee, and has been State and National delegate to the Republican Conventions, and was a member of the State Central Committee two terms.

History of Mercer County, 1888 page 908-909

Transcribed and Submitted by Janet Stanko




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