Biography of Clarence S. Metcalf
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CLARENCE SHERIDAN METCALF, of Cleveland, was born at McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio, September 17, 1878, and is a son of Frank F. and Ada (Wynn) Metcalf, both likewise natives of that county and respectively of English and Scotch ancestry. That the Metcalf family was founded in Morgan County in the early pioneer days is assured by the fact that Joseph Metcalf, grandfather of the subject of this review, was likewise a native of that county, where his parents settled in 1805 or 1806, upon removal from one of the eastern states. Thomas Wynn, maternal grandfather of Mr. Metcalf, entered service as a loyal soldier of the Union in the Civil war, and sacrificed his life in the cause, as he was killed in battle.

Frank F. Metcalf became one of the prominent lawyers and influential citizens in his native country, where he was for many years established in the practice of his profession at McConnelsville, the county seat, and where he served as prosecuting attorney of the county. He died in the year 1887. His widow resides in Cleveland.

After leaving college Clarence S. Metcalf went to Columbus and took a position in the offices of the Hocking Valley Railroad. Later he was employed in the offices of the Sunday Creek Coal Company at Columbus, and in Ohio's capital city he still later held the position of auditor of the Bruce Electric Company. His next clerical incumbency was in the offices of the auditor general of the state, and the auditor, Mr. Gilbert, thereafter assigned him to special service as traveling auditor of the electric light and water plants of the state, while still later he was assigned to service as examiner of city accounts.

In 1916 Mayor Davis appointed Mr. Metcalf commissioner of accounts for the City of Cleveland, and in 1920 he was appointed director of finances for this city, an office from which he retired January 1, 1922, upon change of the municipal administration.

In 1921 Mr. Metcalf became one of the organizers of the First Savings & Loan Company of Cleveland, of which he was elected the first president. He resigned this office in the spring of 1922, when he became treasurer of the Fidelity Mortgage Company. The year 1922 recorded him also as a director of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club. In May, 1924, he was elected secretary and treasurer of the public library, elected by the library board. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf are zealous members of the Old Stone Church, in which he is serving as a deacon, and he is also affiliated with Roosevelt Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

In Columbus was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Metcalf and Miss Alice Boltman, daughter of the late C. F. Boitman, of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf have three daughters: Margaret, Frances and Alice.

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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