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Nathan Leroy & Mary (Bowersox) Strong

Strong_NathanNathan Leroy Strong was born November 12th, 1859, at Troy, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.   His parents were Frederick Strong, a native of Gowanda, New York, and Roxie Wolcott Jacox, who raised Nathan and 6 other children at their home in Summerville.   

N. L. Strong received his education and early employment near his birthplace of Summerville, working at sawmills and the railroads until 1891, when he was admitted to the practice of law and became associated with Edward A. Carmalt, in the oldest law firm in Jefferson County.  He was elected secretary of the local Republican Committee for a number of years at the time when every office in Jefferson County, was held by a Democrat, except for the office of County Commissioner.  

In 1894, he was elected District Attorney, and re-elected again in 1897.  He is credited with helping to promote the Pittsburgh and Shawmut railroad, which opened up the coal and clay mines in Jefferson and Armstrong counties.   In 1916, he was elected as a Representative of the 27th Congressional District and served in that office for 18 years.  He purchased several pieces of land in Brookville and donated them for use as a public park. 

He married Mary Sylvessa Bowersox, of Clearfield County, and was the father of one daughter, Agnes Vera, who died at the age of 27 years, and one son Harold Leroy, who died at the age of 14 years.   Mr. Strong died in December 1939, his wife, Mary, outlived him until 1946.  Both are buried in the Brookville Cemetery, in Brookville, PA.

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