HON. GEORGE FRANCIS ARREL, formerly judge of the court of common pleas, and
for many years a prominent member of the Mahoning County bar, has been in, active practice at Youngstown for over
thirty five years. Mr. Arrel was born October 1, 1840, on his father's farm in Poland township, Mahoning County,
Ohio, and is a son of David and Martha (Moore) Arrel.
John Arrel, the grandfather of Judge Arrel, was born in Franklin County, Penn'sylvania, of Irish parentage and
came to Ohio in i8oo. He participated in the war of 1812.
David Arrel, the eldest son of John and Martha (Stewart) Arrel, was born in Poland township, Mahoning County, Ohio,
May 6, 1803, and his whole life was devoted to agricultural pursuits in that locality. In 1830 he married' Martha
Moore, who died in June, 1872, Mr. Arrel surviving until 1888. They had these children: William, Margaret (wife
of James Pence), John and George Francis.
George Francis Arrel spent his boyhood and early youth on his father's farm and prepared in the local schools for
Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, to which institution his father sent him when he was 18 years
of age. There he was graduated in general literature, science, and mathematics, in June, 1865. He then engaged
in the study of the law at Warren, Ohio, until the fall of 1866, when he entered the law department of the Albany
University, where 'he was graduated in 1867. In August of the same year he was admitted to the bar, and in May
following located for practice at Youngstown. In 1870 he was elected city solicitor and served in that office for
four successive terms; in 1880 he was elected to the common pleas bench, in the second sub division of the ninth
judicial district, on which he served until ,February 9, 1887. Since retiring from judicial life he has ccntinued
his private practice, which includes a large amount of railroad and corporation work. Since January 1, 1906, he
has been senior member of the law firm of Arrel, Wilson & Harrington. The firm has convenient offices in the
Dollar Bank Building, Youngstown.
On. October 18, 1876, Judge Arrel was married to Grace Tod, who is a daughter of that beloved and honored son of
Ohio, the late Governor David Tod, of whom a sketch will be found in this work. Judge and Mrs. Arrel have two children,
David and Frances Maria. They have a beautiful home situated at No. 124 Lincoln avenue, Youngstown.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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