History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

A. H. Caughey Biography

Prof. A. H. Caughey, of firm of A.H. Caughey & Son, booksellers and stationers, Erie, was born in this county, Nov. 1. 1827; son of Andrew and Martha (Canon) Caughey, natives of Penn., of Scotch-Irish descent. Andrew, who was a farmer, was born in Penn. in 1792, and came to this county in 1803.

He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in 1865. his family numbered five children: three reside in this county. Our subject who is the youngest, received his education in Washington (now Washington and Jefferson) College, Penn., where he graduated in 1849.

He first studied law in Erie and was admitted to the practice of his profession in 1851, but after a time, not having much inclination for the pursuit of Blackstone and his compeers, he abandoned law, and, entering the field of newspaper enterprise, bought out the office of the Commercial Advertiser, afterward called the Crescent, and latterly the Constitution, which he carried on successfully for five yeats.

From 1855 to 1867, he was Secretary of the Erie Canal Co.; assisted in establishing the book store of Caughey, McCreary & Co. in 1864; was elected Principal of the Erie Academy in 1868, where he remained six years; and was Adjunct Professor of Latin in LaFayette College from 1875 to 1879. In 1880, the Professor re-entered the book business, in company with his son, which he has carried on ever since with much success.

Mr. Caughey was united in marriage, in 1851, with Elizabeth, daughter of William W. Reed, Sr., and of English descent. By this union there is one child living, Reed, now married. Mr. Caughey is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and his wife a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He was Deputy Collector of Customs in Erie City in 1883. In politics, is a Republican.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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