Biography of Dr. Christopher McEwen
Indiana County, PA Biographies

CHRISTOPHER McEWEN, M.D., resident of Plumville for over thirty five years, is one of the widely known and most successful physicians of northern Indiana county. He is a son of John and Margaret (Cochran) McEwen, and was born in South Mahoning township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 17, 1830. The McEwen family is of Irish descent, and one of its members, Christopher McEwen (grandfather), emigrated to the United States from Ireland, and located first in New Jersey, where he remained but a short time before removing to Plumville, this county. He purchased the property on which Dr. McEwen now resides, and opened the first general mercantile store at Plumville, which he conducted in connection with the management of his farm. He was one of the founders and an elder of Washington Presbyterian church. After coming to this country he joined the whig party, which he supported until his death. He married a Miss Shaw, by whom he had three children, two of whom came to America, while the third, Dr. James McEwen, was a successful physician and surgeon in the British army. One of the two children coming to this country was Hon. John McEwen (father) who was a farmer and merchant. He was a wbig in politics during his early manhood, but afterwards became an active republican, was twice elected justice of peace of Manor township, and represented Indiana county one term in the legislature. He was a member of the United Presbyterian ehurch until his death. He married Harriet Campfeld, by whom he had two children, both of whom are dead. After the death of Mrs. McEwen he married for his second wife Margaret Cochran. To this second union were born six sons and five daughters. Of these children: James served in the late war, and now is a farmer in Kansas; Dr. William died while in active practice in Armstrong county; Dr. Christopher is at Plumville; Dr. Joseph, a graduate of Jefferson Medical college, is a successful physician of Philadelphia; John is deceased; and Margaret, married Rev. Nelson Davis, a minister of the M. E. church. Mrs. Margaret (Cochran) McEwen is a daughter of William Cochran (maternal grandfather), who was a native and farmer of Armstrong county.

Dr. Christopher McEwen was reared on his father's farm. After attending the public school of Plumville and Glade Run academy, he read medicine with his brother, Dr. McEwen, entered Jefferson Medical college, of Philadelphia, and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1855. Immediately after graduation he opened an office at Plumville, where he has remained ever since in the successful as well as active practice of his profession. He married Elizabeth McCune, daughter of John McCune, of this county. They have been the parents of two children, both sons: Dr. Charles, a graduate of Jefferson Medical college, and a partner of his father in the practice of medicine, and John, deceased.

In politics, Dr. McEwen is a conservative republican, but always supports the candidate who, iu his judgment, is most suitable and best qualified for the office. In whatever is for the interest of his town, in whatever is for the best interests of his fellow citizens, Dr. McEwen is always interested and ever willing to aid and support. In the enjoyment of an extensive and remunerative practice, lie is a popular and successful physician and an active and leading citizen.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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