Biography of Dr. Emory A. Powell
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EMORY ALBERT POWELL, M. D., A. B., A. M. Since 1895 Doctor Powell has practiced medicine in Cuyahoga County and during most of the time has had offices in one location, the Scofield Building. Doctor Powell is one of the prominent men of his profession, and is also well known in politics and public affairs.

He was born on the old Powell farm near Benton Ridge, in Hancock County, Ohio, August 24, 1863, son of Philip and Rebecca Jane (Bartoon) Powell. This branch of the Powell family was established in America by six brothers who came in Colonial days, three of them locating in Pennsylvania and the others in Virginia. Doctor Powell's grandfather, Phillip Powell, was born in Pennsylvania, and on coming to Ohio in pioneer times settled in Fairfield County. His son, Phillip Powell II, was born on the homestead farm in Fairfield County, but spent all his life from early manhood in Hancock County, where he became a prosperous farmer. He lived on one farm there fifty seven years and died in 1887, at the age of eighty seven. His wife, Rebecca Jane Bartoon, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1838, and died in 1897, being of English ancestry. Her father, Jonathan Bartoon, came to Ohio from Virginia, settling in Fairfield County, and in 1848 removing to Hancock County.

Emory Albert Powell had the environment and experience of an Ohio farm boy. He attended district schools in Union Township, Hancock County, and in 1883 and 1884 took a course in the Union School at Findlay, the county seat, being granted a teacher's license. Doctor Powell taught in rural districts a total of thirty five months in Hancock County. He holds two degrees from Ohio Northern University at Ada, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1891, and being awarded the Master of Arts degree in 1894. From January to July, 1892, he was a teacher of chemistry, physics and algebra at the Ohio Northern University. Doctor Powell began his medical studies in 1892 in the Starling Medical College of Columbus, and was graduated March 21, 1895.

In the same year, coming to Cleveland, he engaged in general practice. For twenty two years he has occupied the same suite of offices in the Scofield Building. He has had a very heavy practice all these years, being one of the best family doctors in the city. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Doctor Powell married Miss Mamie L. Halfhill, a native of Mercer County, Ohio, and daughter of Moses and Maria Eleanor (Wood) Halfhill, her father born in Ohio and her mother in New York State. Doctor and Mrs. Powell have one son, Ralph Emerson, born November 12, 1903, a graduate of the Glenville High School and member of the class of 1925 in Adelbert College of Western Reserve University at Cleveland.

Doctor Powell has been an interested worker in the republican party of Ohio for over forty years. As a successful physician he had no time for the routine duties of public office but has found many opportunities to aid the party in the cause of good government. He has been identified in some way or other with the republican campaigns since 1882. For the past eight years he has been a member of the Cuyahoga County Republican Executive Committee. Mrs. Powell likewise in recent years has been a leading figure in the republican party, both in local and state and national organizations. She served as the first president of the Republican Woman's League of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and is now president of the Cleveland Federation of Women's clubs.

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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