Biography of Alexander Cover
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Alexander Cover is a well known and highly respected citizen of Johnstown. He was born in Debrecen, Hungary, Feb. 16, 1879, and is a son of Martin and Rose (Stempel) Cover.

Martin Cover was born near Debrecen, Hungary, Nov. 11, 1850, and his wife was born Aug. 15, 1854, in Germany. He began his business career as manager of his farm, which was left him by his father, comprising 2,600 acres. He operated this farm until he met with business reverses, when he came to the United States in 1890 and settled at Hazelton, Pa. He later removed to Johnstown, where he and his wife now reside. He is a Democrat and a member of the Hungarian Foreign Church. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cover were the parents of the following children: Alex Louis, and Louis Martin, both deceased, and buried in Hungary; and Alexander, the subject of this sketch.

Alexander Cover received his early education in the public and one year high schools in Hungary. He came to America with his parents and at the age of 11 years entered the mines in Hazelton as a slate picker. After coming to Johnstown he worked for the Cambria Iron Works and was in charge of an electric crane. In 1901 he was elected constable of the Sixteenth Ward in Johnstown and served four years, after which he was appointed private detective and also had charge of a private detective agency. In 1915 he was appointed alderman by Governor Martin Brumbaugh, elected the following year and re-elected to the same position in 1921.

Mr. Cover was married in 1898 to Miss Emma Nagy, a daughter of Peter and Hermine (Swartner) Nagy. Mr. Nagy was a native of Hungary and his wife a native of Germany. They emigrated to the United States in 1894, settling in Johnstown. To Mr. and Mrs. Cover the following children were born: Helen, a teacher for three years, graduated from the Johnstown High School and Indiana State Normal College; Ida, a graduate of the Johnstown High School and Indiana State Normal College, married Charles Nagy, a merchant, resides in Johnstown; Marguerite, a graduate of Johnstown High School, now a student at the University of Pittsburgh; Alexander, Jr., a student at Garfield School; Louis, a student; Robert; Martha; and three children died in infancy. Mr. Cover has one adopted son, John Cover, a student.

Mr. Cover is a Democrat and is one of the oldest Democratic aldermen in the Sixteenth Ward, and is a Democratic committeeman from his ward. He is a member of the Hungarian Foreign Church; president of the Hungarian Reform Federation of America, which has a membership of 21,000, for the past ten years; president of the Hungarian Orphan Home at Ligonier, Pa., which is a home for all orphan Hungarian children of the United States; vice president of the Verhovay Segely Egylet, of which he was president for ten years. This society has 38,000 members; president of the Hungarian Protestant Reform Church of the United States, of which he is the president layman; German Beneficiary Union; German Quartet; honorary president of the Hungarian Singing Society, and other local societies. Mr. Cover is a trustee of the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and Moose club. His home is at 511 Broad Street, Cambria City. He is held in high regard throughout the community and has many friends.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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