Samuel J. McClellan, agent of the J., M. & I. R. R. Co., and one of the leading young citizens of Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind., was born in Franklin, on September 14, 1849. He is the son of James H. and Isabella H. (Bryan) McClellan. James H. was born in Trimble County, Ky., on February 21, 1818, and was the son of William McAllen, a native of Virginia. James H. early came to Johnson County, Ind., and clerked in a dry goods store. He next engaged in business for himself (books). He was appointed postmaster under the administration of President Pierce, and was re-appointed under Buchanan’s administration, holding the office for eight years, and was the last democratic postmaster of Franklin until the Cleveland administration. After leaving the post office he entered the court house, and was engaged for several months as assistant in the different offices. In April, 1861, he entered the employ of the Jeffersonville Railroad Company, and three months later was appointed agent of the same at Franklin. Upon the consolidation of the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis railroads, in 1864, he was made agent at Franklin, of the two, and continued as agent until his death, which occurred February 27, 1882. Politically, he was a democrat, and though he never held a county office, he was respected and appreciated as a citizen. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The mother was born in Shelby County, Ky., and is the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bryan, who emigrated from Kentucky to Johnson County, Ind. She is a member of the Christian Church. To the parents three children were born, two of whom survive. The children are: Mary (deceased), Sam J., our subject, and Bettie, now the wife of W. H. Riley. Our subject was reared in Franklin, and secured a good education in the public schools. At the age of about seventeen years he set out to learn telegraphy, and was next appointed operator at the J., M. & I. depot, and remained as such until March 4, 1882, when he was appointed agent to succeed his father, and holds that position at present. He is a K. of P., and in religion, belongs to the Presbyterian Church, and in politics, is a democrat.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 635.