Biography of P. W. Frederick
North Central Ohio Biographies

P. W. Frederick, deceased, was a highly esteemed citizen of Mansfield, where for many years he was identified with the Mansfield Ohio Business College, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the United States. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1865. His grandfather, John G. Frederick, was born in Germany and in early life came to the United States and settled in Coshocton County, being a pioneer in that section His son, John G., married Amy Curran, and they were the parents of P. W., the subject of this sketch.

P. W. Frederick was educated in the public schools of Coshocton County and attended some of the best business colleges of the day at Delaware and Columbus, Ohio. He later became a teacher in the Zanesville Business College, soon bought an interest, and remained there for two years. In September, 1897, he founded the Mansfield Business College, after having spent a year as a teacher in Professor Sharp's Ohio Business College. After the death of Mr. Sharp in 1904 the Mansfield Business College and the Ohio Business College were consolidated as the Mansfield Ohio Business College, and in 1912 the institution was incorporated. Mr. Frederick became sole owner in 1915 and then surrendered the charter. It was thereafter conducted as a private institution until the time of Mr. Frederick's death, July 24, 1928. On Aug. 15th, Mrs. Frederick disposed of the business and it was incorporated as the Mansfield Commercial Institute. She is now acting as secretary treasurer of the corporation, and is head instructor in the school.

In June, 1895, Mr. Frederick married Miss May Lauck, of Zanesville. They had a son, John Lowell, who died soon after his return from the World War.

Mr. Frederick was a member of the First Methodist Church. He was one of the most valuable citizens of Mansfield and always took an interest in its religious, educational and social life. He was a man of great earnestness and his high ideals have had much to do with making the Mansfield Ohio Business College, now the Mansfield Commercial Institute, one of the leading institutions of its kind As a youth, Mr. Frederick was impressed with the value of education and regarded the teaching profession as the highest calling, worthy of his best efforts and all of his talent.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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