WILLIAM H. GARRETT, who for seventeen years has been principal of the Sixth ward grammar school of Steubenville, was born in Washington county, Penn., February 27, 1834. He is the son of Robert and Nancy T. (Archer) Garrett, also natives of the county named. He was reared on a farm and at thirteen years of age he entered Washington college, which he attended two years and then attended Franklin college, at Harrison on year. Whe he left college he lacked but one term of graduating and he would have taken this had the condition of his health permitted. At seventeen years of age he took up the vocation of a teacher and for five or six years he taught school and farmed alternately, in Washington county, Penn. In 1860 he came to Jefferson county, Ohio, and during the winter of 1860-61 he taught school in Smithfield township, and the next winter in Wayne township. In December 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Forty-third Ohio volunteer infantry, with which he served until May 9, 1863 when he was honorably sidcharged on a surgeon's certificate of disability at St. Louis, Mo. Returning hone he resumed teaching in Mt. Pleasant township. Later he again entered the army in the one hundred day service, and in September 1864, he received his final discharge at Columbus. He then resumed his profession in Mt. Pleasant township, and after teaching one term there returned to Washington county, Penn., where, for three years, he was superintendent of the Cannonsburg schools. Returning to Jefferson count, on the first day of October 1868, he was married to Mary C., daughter of Benjamin Browning, of Steubenville. In the fall of 1871 Prof. Garrett accepted the principalship of the Sixth ward grammar school, and at the same time hsi wife entered upon the duties of his first assistant and the two have labored side by side in the same capacities ever since. Prof. Garrett and wife have one daughter, Mattie C., a graduate of the Steubenville high school. She and her parents are members of the Episcopal church. Prof. Garrett is a member of the National Union, the Knights of Honor and the G. A. R. In politics he is a democrat. He is a very successful teacher and mrs. Garrett has also shown herself to possess great ability as an instructor.
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