DAVID M. GRUBER, a prominent young member of the Steubenville bar, was born in the village of Annapolis, formerly New Salem, Jefferson county, January 7, 1854. He is the son of John and Elizabeth (Powell) Gruber, both natives of Washington county, Penn., the former having been born July 27, 1797, the latter, October 8, 1814. They were married in Harrison county, Ohio and soon afterward located in Jefferson county. The father was educated at Cannonsburgh, Penn., and learning the printer's trade, was at one time the editor of a paper in Wellsburgh, W. Va. While a resident of Harrison county he represented that county in the state legislature two terms, and served as justice of the peace about fifteen years. After coming to this ocunty he practiced law until he retired from business life. He died December 20, 1885. His wife, who is still living at Annapolis, is the daughter of Jacob Powell, a native of Pennsylvania. The subject of this sketch attended the public schools of his native village until he was thirteen years of age, and for two years following attended a select school. During the session of 1869-70 he attended the Hopedale Normal college. At seventeen years of age he took up the vocation of a teacher, teaching his first term in Annapolis. He continued to teach in that vicinity during five years, alternately, with attendance at Scio college, of Harrison county. He was a boy entirely without means, except what he earned himself, being entirely upon his own resources after he reached the age of fourteen. He completed a full scientific course in Scio college, graduating with honors in 1878. Before completing his study of law, and in the summer of 1878 he turned his whole attention to his legal studies, pursuing them under the preceptorship of Capt. W. A. Walden, then of Steubenville, but now of Columbus, Ohio. On October 3, 1882 he was admitted to the bar before the state supreme court. he then returned home and owing to the precarious condition of his father's helath, remained there until after his death. On August 16, 1887 he opened a law office in Steubenville. He is already in possession of a lucrative practice, and with an earnest ambition, indefatigable energy, and special fitness for the law, he promises to become eminently successful in his chosen profession. He is a democrat in politics, and as such, he has taken an active part in campaigns, displaying, as a speaker, much ability, He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is interested in Sabbath school work, being at present superintendent of the Hamburg Methodist Episcopal Sabbath school.
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