Caveny, Samuel Brady, alderman Second ward, was born in Fayette township, Juniata county, Pa., September 29, 1843. He is a son of Reuben and Mary R. (Crozier) Caveny, both natives of Juniata county, where the former still lives; the latter died July 4, 1864. Reuben Caveny, the father, is of Scotch-Irish extraction, and was engaged in mercantile pursuits at McAllisterville, Pa., for many years; there he now lives, retired from business, at the advanced age of seventy-five years. The parents had six children, four of whom are living: Samuel B.; Flora, wife of Winfield H. Knaus, residing in Germantown, Philadelphia; Hannah L., wife of Isaac Tustin, of Phoenixville, Chester county, Pa.; Mary R., wife of Charles H. Halford, Germantown, Philadelphia.
Samuel B. Caveny grew to manhood and was educated in his native township. He was employed in his father's store for a time. Later, he was engaged in mercantile pursuits at McAllisterville, Pa. In 1872 he began the study of dentistry with Dr. Burlin, at Port Royal. He practiced this profession until 1883, when he was elected recorder of Juniata county, and served three years. In 1887 he removed to Harrisburg and engaged in the insurance business. In 1895 he was elected alderman of the Second ward, city of Harrisburg, for a term of five years.
Mr. Caveny was married, at McAllisterville, October 28, 1865, to Mary M. Cassell, of Philadelphia, daughter of Franklin and Eliza Cassell. Of their thirteen children eight are living: Franklin R., Mary Elizabeth, Myrtle C., Annie, Laura S., Samuel Brady, Jr., Nellie O. and Marguerite. Five children died in infancy.
Mr. Caveny served as justice of the peace of Patterson, Juniata county, for ten years. He is a member of Union Lodge, No. 324, F. & A. M.; Improved Order of Red Men, Cornplanter Tribe, No. 61; David H. Wilson Post, G. A. R., No. 134, Mifflintown, Pa. He is company clerk of the Governor's Troop. He enlisted at McAllisterville, September 8, 1862, in company D, One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania volunteers, and was present at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was mustered out of service and discharged July 27, 1863. In political views Mr. Caveny is Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church.
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