T. HENRY COGSWELL. The most satisfactory administration of all
grades of government, from local to national, is based on business
principles, both as it relates to effective working and honesty. It has
therefore long been accepted by the leaders of public polities as a truth
settled beyond argument that the thorough, broad business man of
unswerving integrity is far more apt to make an ideal public official than
the man taken from the ranks of the professions. That, assuredly, has been
the experience of the citizens of Erie county in the selection of their
sheriff at the election of 1907, when they placed in office T. Henry
Cogswell, for nearly twenty years one of the most extensive and successful
business men of northern Pennsylvania.
Sheriff Cogswell is a native of Warren, Pennsylvania, born on the 29th
of April, 1860, and is a son of Samuel M. and Mary (Beck) Cogswell. The
mother, who was a native of England, died in September, 1908, while the
father, a Connecticut man of an old New England family, is still a
resident of Warren engaged in the oil fields as an active producer. When
the boy was ten years of age, his parents located at Erie, where he
received a public school education. In 1878 the family returned to Warren,
and in 1888 T. Henry became a resident of Corry, this county. There, as.
the senior member of the firm Cogswell, Eaton and Gay, he engaged in the
wholesale meat business, whose transactions developed into the most
extensive of any similar establishment in that section of Pennsylvania,
reaching an annual figure of one million dollars. In 1907, as stated, Mr.
Cogswell was returned by the Republicans to the shrievalty of Erie county,
and the public has since been more than satisfied with the nature of his
administration. The sheriff’s personal character is naturally social and
fraternal, and he is an active member of numerous secret and benevolent
orders, including the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Elks, Royal
Arcanum, Maccabees and Moose. His wife was formerly Miss Cora A. Lane, a
native of Randolph, New York.
A twentieth century history
of Erie County, Pennsylvania
: a narrative account
of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests,
Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1909, pages 483-484.. More
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