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Charles Coatesworth Rawn

RAWN, Charles Coatesworth, the son of David Rawn and Elizabeth Cheney, was born in the city of Washington in 1801. His grandparents, Caspar and Barbara Rahn (as the name was originally spelled), were natives of Germany, one of whose daughters, Elizabeth, was mother of Gov. Francis R. Shunk. Mr. Rawn’s father dying when Charles was seven years of age, at Stanton, Va., his mother removed her family to her farm in Thornbury, Delaware county, Pa. He was educated at the West Chester Academy, then in charge of that distinguished principal, Mr. Gause. In 1826 he came to Harrisburg and began the study of law with Francis R. Shunk, and was admitted to the Dauphin county bar January 18, 1831. he at once commenced his career as a successful pleader, and up to the time of his death was considered one of the leading criminal lawyers at the Dauphin county bar. He was an earnest antagonist of human slavery, and during the days of the Fugitive Slave Law was the eloquent pleader in behalf of the poor black. he died at Harrisburg on December 18, 1865. Mr. Rawn married Frances, daughter of Joseph Clendennin and Elizabeth Slough, of Harrisburg.

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