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Samuel A. Craig

Craig_SamuelCaptain Samuel A. Craig, was the son of Samuel and Margaret Hjelm (Park) Craig, both of whom were from Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  His parents came here in 1831, his father became a chair manufacturer and leading merchant.  In 1841, he was elected county Treasurer. 

Young Samuel was born in Brookville on November 19, 1839, was educated in the public schools here, served as an apprentice in the printing trade on the "Jefferson Star", the "Brookville Republican", and the "Jeffersonian".  In 1861, he was a student at Jefferson College at Canonsburg, and entered the military under the command of Col. A. A. McKnight. He served for ninety days, returned to Brookville, and then re-enlisted in 105th PA Volunteer Infantry as a Lieutenant.  He was wounded several times.  When President Lincoln was assassinated, and his body was lying in state, he was one of four soldiers station at the bier as the mourning procession passed by. 


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