[p. 528] a leading citizen of New Castle, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and prominent in Republican politics, was born in 1868, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and was about seven years of age when his parents moved to Tioga County.
Mr. Callahan was liberally educated attending the Wellsboro High School, Cook Academy and Hillsdale College, after which he accepted a position as teacher in a school in Lycoming County. In spite of the fact that this school was situated twenty-five miles from home, he visited the old mother, who was left alone on the farm, every week, walking the distance back and forth, his father having died the previous winter. After completing his college attendance he acquired a knowledge of shorthand and typewriting, which he had lacked, at Pott's College, at Williamsport, Pa., and this acquirement he has frequently found a great convenience. He then entered the law office of C. E. Sprout, a leading attorney at Williamsport, with whom he studied law for one year and during this time had an agency for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in that district. After coming to New Castle he continued with that company as general agent for about six years and then became general agent for the New York Life, a position he still fills. He registered, on locating at New Castle, with Attorney McCaslin, with whom he completed his law studies, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1907, and has engaged in the practice of his profession in addition to attending to his numerous other interests. He is a member of the Lawrence County Bar Association.
At Warren, Ohio, in 1900, Mr. Callahan was married to Etta B. Hayford, of that city, and they have had three children: Clare; Berdena, who died aged two years and eight months, and James. Mr. and Mrs. Callahan belong to the First Baptist Church, in which he has been a prominent and useful official member. He was chairman of the finance committee when the church edifice was remodeled, and at present is a member of the lecture course committee. He has farming interests in Mercer County. In politics he is an ardent Republican and is treasurer of the Lawrence County Republican Committee. For three years he has been secretary of the New Castle Chamber of Commerce and is closely identified with the city's business interests. He belongs also to various branches of Masonry.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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