Biography of H. H. Sharp
Columbiana County, OH

H. H. Sharp, who lives retired at Salem, is one of Columbiana County's representative citizens. He was born in Salem, Jan. 9, 1860, and is the son of Joel and Angeline (Lee) Sharp.

Joel Sharp, deceased, was one of the founders of the Buckeye Engine Company of Salem and during his lifetime a prominent business man of this section. He served as president of that company for many years, as president of the Salem Wire Nail Company, and as a director of the First National Bank. He died in 1898 and his wife, a native of Pennsylvania, died in 1905. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp had two children: H. H., the subject of this sketch; and Mrs. Frances Ellis, a widow, who lives at Salem.

After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools of Salem, H. H. Sharp attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston, Mass. He began his business career in the shops of the Buckeye Engine Company and was later identified with the American Steel & Wire Company plant at Salem, of which he was appointed superintendent in 1898. After several years he again renewed relations with the Buckeye Engine Company and in 1906 was elected president, which office he held continuously until his retirement in 1914. Mr. Sharp is also a director of the First National Bank of Salem.

Mr. Sharp was married in 1888 to Miss Bessie Church Rush, the adopted daughter of Dr. R. B. and Mary (Conkell) Rush, both deceased. They have a son, Joel H. Sharp, a member of the law firm of Boone & Campbell, Salem.

Joel H. Sharp attended the public schools of Salem and was graduated from Phillips Academy in 1915, Yale University in 1921 and from the Law School of Western Reserve University in 1923. He enlisted in the Officers Training School at Fort Benjamin Harrison during the World War, on May 16, 1917, and was attached to Battery B, 151st Field Artillery, 42nd (Rainbow) Division as second lieutenant, and was later transferred to the 20th Field Artillery; his service overseas being from Sept. 12, 1917 to Aug. 8, 1919. Mr. Sharp took part in the Champagne-Marne, Ainse-Marne, Vesle, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne drives, being severely gassed during the latter engagement. He is a member of the American Legion and the Yale Club. Mr. Sharp was married Sept. 28, 1923, to Miss Lucia H. Gordy, the daughter of E. S. Gordy, of Connecticut. They have a daughter, Lucia H., born in 1924.

H. H. Sharp is a Republican and he and his family are representative of the best citizenship of Columbiana County.

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

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