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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Samuel A. Cravath

SAMUEL A. CRAVATH, physician and journalist, was born at Conneaut, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1836. He entered the preparatory department of Oberlin College in 1852, graduating in 1858. On account of his high standing as a classical student he was chosen to teach Greek and Latin while pursuing his studies and also taught district school during vacations to defray his expenses. After graduating he became principal of Madison Seminary and later superintendent of the schools of Madison, studying medicine in the meantime. In 1864 he received the degree of M. D. from the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery. He began the practice of medicine at Springfield, Ohio, but removed to Iowa in 1865, locating at Mitchell, where he established the Mitchell County News in 1869. In January, 1872, he purchased a half interest in the Grinnell Herald, where for a time he was associated with Albert Shaw, the founder of the Review of Reviews. Dr. Cravath retained editorial management of the Herald until 1890. He has held large business interests in Grinnell and has served as one of the trustees of Iowa College.