Biography of Charles L. Merwin
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Charles L. Merwin, publisher of the Daily Leader, East Palestine, is among Columbiana County's enterprising and successful business men; He was born in Braceville, Trumbull County, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1876, and is a son of Wells N. and Sophronia (Humphrey) Merwin.

Wells N. Merwin was born at Braceville and was a prominent farmer, cattle raiser, and extensive landholder. He was a Republican and held many township offices. He died Oct. 19, 1925, and is buried at Braceville. His widow resides on the old homestead. They were the parents of two sons: Alfred D., born April 23, 1875, lives at Braceville; and Charles L., the subject of this sketch.

Charles L. Merwin spent his boyhood at Braceville and attended the public schools of Newton Falls. He was graduated from Mount Union College in 1900 and that year became principal of the East Palestine schools. Three years later he was appointed superintendent of the schools of Newton Falls and served in that capacity for two years. He then became interested in Journalism and in 1906 purchased the Reveille-Echo, East Palestine, which is now known as the Daily Leader.

On June 25, 1902, Mr. Merwin was united in marriage with Miss Estella Meek, of East Palestine, the daughter of John B. and Louise (Eaton) Meek, natives of Ohio. Mr. Meek died in May, 1920, and his wife died in 1922. To Mr. and Mrs. Merwin were born six children, as follows: Mrs. Louise (Merwin) Young, born Sept. 5, 1903, lives in Philadelphia; Robert, Frederic, Charles L., Paul H. and Richard, all students.

In politics, Mr. Merwin is identified with the Republican party. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He has a wide acquaintance in the community and is highly esteemed.

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

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