Biography of Solon L. Severance
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SOLON L. SEVERANCE is to be designated as a native son of Cleveland and a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of the Ohio metropolis. He was born in Cleveland September 8, 1834, and is a son of Solomon L. and Mary H. (Long) Severance. He gained his education in the schools of the locality and period, and he initiated his association with banking in the modest position of office boy. He made consecutive advancement and finally became one of the organizers of the Euclid Avenue National Bank, of which he was the first cashier and of which he was the president at the time of its absorption into the Euclid Park Bank, which later became merged in the First National Bank of Cleveland, Mr. Severance continuing as a director of the First National, which is the largest bank in Ohio. He has membership in the Chamber of Commerce and the Union Club, is a charter member of the Woodland Avenue Presbyterian Church, which he served many years as elder and Sunday school superintendent. Mr. Severance has made several foreign tours, including a trip around the world, and he has delivered many public addresses concerning his experiences as a traveler, in which connection he made use of illustrations by the stereopticon.

In 1860 Mr. Severance married Miss Emily C. Allen, a native of Trumbull County, and they became the parents of one son and two daughters, the son, Prof. Allen D. Severance, having become a successful and prominent educator and having long held a chair in Western Reserve University.

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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