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Oscar J. Denny, a progressive young attorney of Sharon and secretary of that borough, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, born on the 8th of May, 1882. His parents are John F. and Alice (Topper) Denny, both highly respected residents of Sharon, where they have lived for many years. Both are Pennsylvanians, the father born in Butler county February 8, 1842, and the mother in Pittsburg, April 5, 1852.
John F. Denny is descended from a family among the earliest settlers of Butler county, coming from Eastern Pennsylvania (originally from the North of Ireland) and participating in the early struggles of this country. Left an orphan at an early age, he was reared on his foster father's farm, until 1859, when he removed to Butler to learn the printer's trade. On September 17, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Seventy-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served his full term of three years, receiving his honorable discharge at Kittanning, Pennsylvania, on November 4, 1864. He then attended Duff's Business College of Pittsburg, entered the mercantile field as a druggist in Venango county. He afterwards was interested for many years in both the newspaper and drug business, until his retirement in 1901. He is an old-time Republican, greatly interested in G. A. R. affairs, and is now commander of Sharon Post 254 of that organization.
Alice (Topper) Denny, born in Pittsburg in 1852, was raised in Kentucky and educated at Mt. St. Vincent Academy, the Palisades, New York. She is directly descended from pioneer stock of Maryland, who emigrated from Berlin, Germany, and England a century and a half ago, and participated in the Revolution and preceding Colonial wars.
Oscar James Denny of this sketch, born in Cleveland, received his education in the public schools, graduating in Sharon. He filled several prominent clerical positions in the local steel industries, his last being that of paymaster for the American Steel and Wire Company. In 1903 he entered the law office of Hon. A. W. Williams to read law, and was admitted to the bar in October, 1905. In March, 1904, he was elected secretary of the borough of Sharon, and has continued to fill that position with great credit. In 1907 he was elected to the additional office of borough solicitor, but resigned in 1908 because of conflicting interests. He is a man of pronounced business ability, has built up a considerable practice and has brilliant prospects in his profession. Of companionable and social disposition, he has a host of friends in his home town and throughout the county. He -has served on the board of directors of the Buhl Club of Sharon and is a member of the Elks, Eagles, Knights of Columbus and Protected Home Circle.