William H. Lowe


WILLIAM H.LOWE, proprietor of the Imperial Hotel, at Steubenville, Ohio, and fifth son of Caleb Lowe, whose biography appears on another page of this work, was born in Paris, Penn., in October 1850. He was reared to manhood in his native town, receiving his early education in the village school. He was married in Carrollton, Ohio, November 27, 1872, to Martha C. Pearce, daughter of Judge John Pearce, formerly of Carrollton, Ohio. Judge Pearce was born in West Virginia, October 1803. He was a lawyer by profession, and served upon the bench in his judicial district. H was at one time editor of the Carroll Free Press of Carrollton, and died when Mrs. Lowe was a very small child. The mother of Mrs. Lowe was Elizabeth Patton, who was born in Washington county, Penn., the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Taylor) Patton, the latter of whom was a granddaughter of Gen. Zachariah Taylor. The mother of Mrs. Lowe was the elder of two sons. Mr. and Mrs. Lowe have two children: Charles W. and Fred P., the former born January 15, 1874, and the latter born May 24, 1876. In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Lowe located in Steubenville, Ohio, since which time his attention has been given to hotel keeping. In 1877 he founded the Imperial Hotel, later spent three years at the old Continental, and one year at the St. Nicholas, after which in 1880, he took charge of the present Imperial, of which he has made one of the leading hotels of the city. Mr. Lowe purchased the Imperial at a cost of $10,000 and since becoming its proprietor has expended over $20,000 in improvements, making it in every respect a first class hotel. In his political views Mr. Lowe is a republican. He is a member of the Knights of Honor, and as a citizen commands the respect and confidence of the public.

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