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Asa Howe Cory (May 31, 1814 – June 6, 1892) was a captain of Company H in the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Captain Asa Howe Cory
Born May 31, 1814
Died June 6, 1892
Coryville, Pennsylvania
Occupation Captain, Newspaper Publisher, Postmaster
Known for Being an American Civil War captain, Publisher of newspapers
Religion United Brethren
Spouse(s) Lucy Holmes
Children Asa Orson Cory, Nancy Cory, Ella Camilla Cory
Parents Thomas Robbins Cory, Leytta Howe

Early life[]

Asa Howe Cory was born in Sullivan, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools.

Began his career in Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, where he published "The Phoenix" for a period of two years. He went to Smethport, Pennsylvania and purchased "The McKean County Journal" and in 1837 changed its name to "The Beacon". He published that for three years before selling it to J.B. Oviatt.

Was elected as Road Commissioner in Smethport, Pennsylvania in 1848.

Civil war[]

In 1861 he raised company H for the 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment and became its captain. Served with the Union Army from October 1, 1861 until he was forced by severe frostbite to resign on August 21, 1862.

Post bellum[]

Was chosen as Postmaster of Coryville, Pennsylvania.

See also[]


  • Smethport "Democrat" newspaper dated June 17, 1892.
  • History of Counties McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter (Michael A. Leeson, J.H. Beers & Company, Chicago, 1890)