Biography of Edwin C. McGraw
Columbiana County, OH

Edwin C. McGraw, born July 27, 1858, died May 24, 1920. His ancestry was Scotch-Irish, and his grandparents were among the early settlers of the Allegheny District, Pennsylvania, where he spent the greater part of his life.

In 1884 he was united in marriage with Miss Lenore H. Wiese, daughter of A. Wiese, founder and president of the German National Bank, of Allegheny City, Pa.

Successively, Mr. McGraw was engaged in the prepared goofing and brick manufacturing business, as member of the firm of J. A. McGraw's Brothers, Allegheny, Pa., and for some years took a prominent part as a director and officer of the National Brickmaker's Association.

As owner of the American House, a hostelry, well known to Pittsburghers several decades ago, he made legions of friends in commercial and theatrical circles. He founded, and until his death was president of The McGraw Tire and Rubber Company, East Palestine, Ohio. His many varied interests included the presidency of the Fidelity Mortgage and Guarantee Company, of Miami, Fla., in which city he was well known, and where he was one of the incorporators and the first commodore of the Miami Yacht Club. Funeral services were held at his home in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, May 25, 1920, the Reverend Doctor R. N. Merrill officiating. The esteem and honor in which Mr. McGraw was held in his own southland of flowers was evidenced by the wonderful tributes of sympathy and love from his many friends.

The remains were brought to East Palestine, and lay in state at the McGraw Rubber Club House, where a constant stream of mourners passing his bier gave testimony to the love and esteem in which he was held by his employees and local friends.

Funeral services were held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John Morgan, East Palestine, Ohio, the Reverend George W. Shelton, D. D., of the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, officiating. Interment was made in a beautiful spot selected in the East Palestine Cemetery, where, in accordance with his own wishes, his remains were laid away within sight of the plant which crowned his life's successful achievements.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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