Biography of Harry T. Paul
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Harry T. Paul. - One of the most prominent men of Columbus is Harry T. Paul, who is serving as sheriff of Franklin County. He was born at Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, November 5, 1872, the son of James and Mary Ellen (McCowan) Paul.

James Paul was a native of Island Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, and his wife was born in Pennsylvania. He was a blacksmith by trade and was employed in the shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for a period of 47 years, 2 months, and 19 days. He died January 27, 1912, and his wife died July 16, 1910. Both are buried at Steubenville, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Paul were born three children: Hattie, deceased; Harry T., the subject of this sketch; and Gertrude Harbage, lives at Columbus, Ohio.

The boyhood of Harry T. Paul was spent at Steubenville, Ohio, where he was educated. He completed his schooling in Columbus and in 1888 entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Columbus and served in a clerical capacity until 1913, at which time he became fuel agent for the Pennsylvania Lines west of Pittsburgh, southwest division. Mr. Paul purchased an interest in the Buckeye Transfer & Storage Company, of Columbus, in 1913 and resigned as superintendent of the company in 1919. He then became part owner of the Merchandise Storage Company, of Columbus, and served as secretary and superintendent of the company until January, 1925, when he resigned. He then served as chief deputy sheriff of Franklin County until January 7, 1929, at which time he assumed the office of sheriff of the county.

On December 5, 1895, Mr. Paul married Miss Margaret May Crowley, of Piqua, Ohio, the daughter of John James and Beatrice (Harding) Crowley, natives of New York. Both Mr. and Mrs. Crowley are deceased and are buried at Columbus. They were residents of this city for a number of years and Mr. Crowley was a successful shoe merchant. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul, as follows: (1) Margaret Ellinor, deceased. (2) Ralph J., deputy sheriff of Franklin County, lives at Columbus. He married Miss Dorothy Holliday, and hey have a son, Richard James Paul. Mr. Paul served throughout the World War as a member of the 66th Coast Artillery Corps, and saw active service in France, Germany, and Panama. (3) Lilliam M., lives at home. (4) Hazel M., lives at home.

Mr. Paul is a Republican in politics. He served as secretary of the City Republican Committee for two years, as ward committeeman for six years, and as a member of the city council for one term, 1900-01. He is a member of the Church of Christ, and belongs to the Aero Club, Lions Club, Buckeye Republican Club and Columbus Auto Club. Mr. Paul has the following lodge affiliations: Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, East Gate Lodge No. 603; York Chapter R. A. M. No. 200; York Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 115; Columbus Commandry, K. T. No. 69; Scioto Consistory, A. A. S. R. 32nd degree, life member; Achbar Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R. No. 31, Past Monarch and life member; Aladdin Temple Nobles Mystic Shrine; Mentor Lodge No. 642, Knights of Pythias, Past Chancellor; Bakoo Temple, D. O. K. K. No. 28, Past Royal Prince; Eastwood Company No. 101; Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 37; Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 297; Loyal Order of Moose, No. 11; Cedar Camp No. 1, Woodmen of the World; and Camp Chase, Modern Woodmen of America, and also an honorary member of Mother Garfield Circle No. 9 Ladies G. A. R.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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