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MCCARRELL, Samuel J. M., attorney-at-law, was born in Buffalo township, Washington county, Pa. When a lad he attended the common schools during the winter months, and worked on a farm in summer time. When old enough he went to the neighboring town of Claysville, to clerk in his uncle’s store. While thus engaged, he prepared himself for a course in college, and in 1860 entered Washington College, from which institution he was graduated in 1864 as first honor mad of his class. The following nine months he taught school as assistant principal of Linsley Institute, at Wheeling , W. Va. Being an ambitious young man, he spent his spare hours reading law with a Mr. McKennan, of Wheeling. In August, of 1865, Mr. McCarrell moved to Harrisburg, where he completed his study of law with Hon. David Fleming. He was admitted to practice at the Dauphin county bar in November, 1866, and shortly thereafter entered into partnership with his preceptor under the firm name of Fleming and McCarrell. At the death of Mr. Fleming, the vast practice was continued by Mr. McCarrell, who to-day [sic] enjoys the lucrative results of his earnest labors. As a politician he ranks high, having served the Republican party in various ways. For two terns, between the years 118-1187, he ably discharged the onerous duties of district attorney for Dauphin county. In 1888 he was elected and served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention which nominated Benjamin Harrison for President of the United States. Mr. McCarrell was nominated by acclamation for State senator in 1892, and was elected by an unusually large majority. During his entire term he has figured on most of the important committees, and all of his speeches have been accorded the deference due to the utterances of a gentleman of highest attainments and renown.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 11 December 2000

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