Benjamin H. Linton


BENJAMIN H. LINTON, a leading dry goods merchant of Steubenville, was born in Wells township, Jefferson county, Ohio, August 16, 1843. He is the eighth child of Benjamin and Anna (Dean) Linton. His father, a native of Maryland was the son of Jeremiah and Anna Linton, who were born in the same state. He married the daughter of William and Margaret Dean, natives of England, and they had a family of ten children, of whom three were sons and of whom six are now living. Benjamin H. Linton was reared on a farm in his native township, and received a common school education. At seventeen years of age he taught one term of school. At eighteen, on August 4, 1862, he enlisted in COmpany A, Ninety-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry, with which he served until the end of the war. He was in the battles of Perryville, Franklin, Resaca, and many other skirmishes. During the retreat of his regiment between Lexington and Versailles, Ky., in the latter part of September, 1862, he was captured, but escaped the same evening. After the war he returned home, and in the spring of 1866 accepted a clerkship in the store of Robert Cochrane, of Steubenville, and continued with him until the fall of 1867. In the meantime, during the winter of 1865-6, he had completed a course in Duff's business college at Pittsburg. In the fall of 1867 he went to Cadiz, Ohio, and engaged in the dry goods business for himslef. He continued there until the fall of 1886 when he removed to Steubenville, of which he is now one of the prominent dry goods dealers. He was married April 6, 1869 to Mary B., daughter of Samuel and Margaret McCormick, formerly of Cadiz, but now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Linton have had six children: Paul W., William B., Maude, Dean M., Fred B. and Anna D. William B. died in infancy. Mr. Linton and wife are members of the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville. He is a member of the G. A> R. and in politics he is a republican.

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