Biography of Frank G. Carpenter
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK GARFIELD CARPENTER has practiced law in Cleveland for thirteen years. He has his offices in the Cleveland Discount Building. Mr. Carpenter is a native of Indiana, but his father was born in Ohio, and on his mother's side his ancestors were among the pioneers of this state.

Mr. Carpenter was born at Wabash, Indiana. His grandfather, William Carpenter, was born in England, but came to America as a young man, settling in Summit County, Ohio. He engaged in farming there the rest of his life.

Rev. Leewell Carpenter, father of the Cleveland attorney, was born on a farm in Summit County, Ohio, and became one of the distinguished ministers of his day. He attended the common schools and afterward entered Bethany College in West Virginia, the school founded by Alexander Campbell of the Church of Christ or the Disciples. After graduating at Bethany he was ordained a minister in the Christian Church, and held many pastorates. He was possessed of unusual power, both as an eloquent preacher and as a constructive leader in church work. He traveled and founded churches in many localities, and altogether dedicated 753 churches in the United States and Canada. He raised over $3,000,000 to pay the indebtedness of these churches. The last forty years of his life were spent at Wabash, Indiana, and he died at the age of seventy seven. Rev. Leewell Carpenter married Mary Funk. She was born in Wayne County, Ohio. Her father, Jacob Funk, a native of Pennsylvania, and of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, moved to Wayne County, Ohio, and bought a tract of timbered land near Wooster. He cleared a portion of this land, and on selling out moved to Fulton County, Ohio, where he bought another tract of timbered land near Wauseon. During the rest of his life he partially cleared and improved two or three farms in that section of the state. Jacob Funk married Rachael Wells, a native of Pennsylvania, who died in Fulton County, Ohio.

Mrs. Leewell Carpenter died at the age of eighty years. She and her husband feared six children: Willard H., Inez, Errett, Arthur, Rhea and Frank G

Frank G. Carpenter was educated in public schools at Wabash, and after graduating from high school worked as reporter on a daily paper for a year and a half. He then entered Hiram College in Ohio, completed the course and received his Bachelor's degree, and then enrolled as a student in the law department of the University of Indianapolis. He was graduated Bachelor of Laws in 1902, and for nearly ten years enjoyed an active practice as an attorney at Wabash. While there he served two terms as prosecuting attorney of Wabash County. Mr. Carpenter removed to Cleveland in 1911, and has since built up a large general practice here. He is a republican in politics, member of the Euclid Avenue Christian Church, and in Masonry is affiliated with Windermere Lodge No. 627, Windermere Chapter No. 113, Royal Arch Masons, Oriental Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar. Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and is grand commander of the Knights of Malta for the State of Ohio. He is also a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and the Ohio State and American Bar associations.

In 1905 he married Miss Florence Hathaway. She was born at Cleveland, daughter of Milo N and Lucy (Shute) Hathaway. Her grandfather, Zephenia Hathaway, was born in Vermont, and came to Ohio in 1817, making the journey with ox teams. He bought land in the Western Reserve from the State of Connecticut, in what is now the Garfield Heights section, and he built a home at what is now the corner of Turner and. Rockside streets. This home is still owned by his descendants, and has been in the family for over a century. Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter have three children: Lucille, Margaret and Priscilla.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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