Niagara County

1897 Biography - Oliver P. Scovell

Scovell, Oliver P., son of Josiah and Anna Saxe Scovell, was born at Orwell, Addison county, Vt., March 24, 1820, removed with his parents in October, 1836, to Cambria, Niagara county. He was educated at Castleton Seminary, Vermont, and Lewiston Seminary. On arriving at age he spent the years 1841 and 1842 in clearing up a new farm in the woods of Eaton county, Mich. In 1843 and 1844 he was in a store and post-office at Yates Center, Orleans county, N. Y. In the spring of 1845 he went to New York city as agent of the old Clinton Line of boats on the Erie Canal, where he remained for six years. In 1851 he went to Boston as freight and ticket agent of the Fitchburg, Cheshire, Rutlaud and Burlington, and Ogdensburg Railroads, and Crawford & Chamberlin's line of propellers on the lakes, with office at 100 State street, for two years. The summer of 1853 he acted as traveling agent for the Albany & Rutland Railroad, while building at Lewiston preparatory to housekeeping that fall. In 1846 he was married at Lewiston to Elizabeth E. Shepard, only daughter of Leonard and Nancy A. Shepard. She died in 1854, and in 1855 he was married to Elizabeth E., oldest daughter of Philo and Eliza Jewett of Middlebury, Addison county, Vt. In 1860 he was elected to the Legislature, and in April, 1861, voted for the first men and money from this State in the war of the Rebellion. He was enrolling officer for Lewiston and deputy provost marshal for the county during the drafts, going to Elmira twice a week with enlisted and drafted men. He was deputy collector of customs at Lewiston under Franklin Spalding and again under Hon. T. E. Ellsworth; president of Lewiston village at different times; director and vice president of the Lake Ontario Shore (now R. W. & O.) Railroad Co.; railroad commissioner of Lewiston for the issuing of bonds of said town in aid of the construction of the above road; for twenty-five years chairman of the School Board of Lewiston village; for forty-three years an elder, treasurer and clerk of session of the Presbyterian church of Lewiston, and for many years has been and now is a notary public, insurance agent and general conveyancer. He has two sons, Philo Jewett and Josiah Boardman-Jewett, a professor of music, and Josiah an attorney at law.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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