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Proceedings of the Fourth Congress at Atlanta, GA., April 28 to May 1, 1892
In Memoriam
Andrew C. Black, Springfield, O.

Mr. Andrew C. Black was of pure Scotch-Irish ancestry, and was born in Donegal, Ireland, June 3, 1827. His mother, Jane Mary Spencer, a woman of great character and wit, was left a widow with twelve children. Removing to this country, she died in Zanesville, O., in the eighty-second year of her age.

Mr. A. C. Black came to Springfield, O., with which city he was principally identified, in 1847. He was one of the most useful citizens. Most business enterprises counted on him as a wise counselor and munificent patron. He was one of the kindest and most self-sacrificing of neighbors. He was noted for largeness of heart. No one went to him for help without receiving it, and whenever another's calamity became known to him he was one of the first to go to him with sympathy and aid. As a Christian he was devout and simple in his faith, firm in his convictions, and unwearying in the practical ministrations of piety. For many years he was a member and officer in the first Presbyterian Church. In short, he exhibited the best qualities of the Scotch-Irish character, which has had so many representatives in this country. Mr. Black's deathbed, surrounded by his wife, children, brethren, and pastor, was a grand and solemn scene which none who witnessed it will ever forget. He died July 20, 1892. The shock of his death ran throughout all the community, and was felt to be a public calamity. All ranks, from the highest and wealthiest to the humblest and lowliest, honor and respect his memory. "His loss," says the local press, "will be very severely felt for many years to come".

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