Biography of Charles H. Young
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies

CHARLES H. YOUNG, prosecuting attorney of Lawrence County, was born in Little Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1876, and is a son of William T. and Paulina A. (Russell) Young.

The great grandfather of Mr. Young was William Young, and he came to Little Beaver Township more than a century ago and was one of the very early pioneers of that section. The grandfather was Miller Young, who was a farmer, and also dealt largely in live stock, buying through the country and driving to the Pittsburg market. He married a Miss Taylor, and they reared a large fanjily of children. William T. Young, father of Charles H., was a farmer. He married Paulina A. Russell, to them were born five children, and at the present writing (1908) four survive.

Charles H. Young was reared on his father's farm, and attended the country schools, after which he taught school for four years. Later he entered the Slippery Rock Normal School, where he was graduated in the law department, in October, 1897, having prepared under Judge Martin, at New Castle. He was admitted to the bar in the same year, and has been in continuous practice at New Castle, with the exception of the period during which he served as a soldier in the Spanish American War. He enlisted July 5, 1898, and served with the rank of sergeant. His political affiliation has always been with the Republican party, and on the Republican ticket he was elected prosecuting attorney of Lawrence County, in November, 1906, a responsible office which he still holds.

During the first year of Mr. Young's incumbency of the office of prosecuting attorney there was one work he accomplished which is particularly worthy of mention. The Italian league or organization known as the "Black Hand" was very strong in the Italian colony at Hillsvile and other localities in the county, and they had become a menace to the public peace. Through the vigorous prosecution conducted by Mr. Young, thirty one of these miscreants were convicted, many of them still doing their sentences in prison. The organization was effectually broken up, and Mr. Young's connection with this work is well worthy its place in history.

In fraternal life Mr. Young is identified with the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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