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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


HON. C. A. BLACK, attorney and counselor at law, was born in Greene County, Penn., February 6, 1808.  His parents, Jacob and Margaret (Grinstaff) Black, were natives of Virginia, of English and German ancestry, and among the first settlers of Greene County, Penn.  They reared a family of twelve children.  The subject of our sketch was reared on a farm and acquired his education in the common schools of the county.  Very early in life he commenced reading law on the office of Enos Hook, and completed his study in the office of Samuel Cleavenger, after which he engaged in the practice of his chosen profession.  In 1842 he was elected State senator and served six years.  He filled the office of secretary of the commonwealth under Governor Bigler, and served as the first State superintendant of public schools of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Black has been a successful practitioner and has enjoyed an extensive practice.  In 1872 he was elected a member of the constitutional convention at Philadelphia, Penn.  In 1844, Mr. Black married Miss Maria, daughter of William Allison.  Their union was blessed with two children—Mary, wife of Hon. James Inghram, and Albert of Washington, D. C.  Mrs. Black departed this life in 1871.  She was the idol of her family, and a general favorite among a large circle of acquaintances.  She was a Christian of deep and earnest religious convictions, and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 04 November 2008
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