David Spaulding


DAVID SPAULDING, a prominent and honored citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in the village of Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Mass., March 20, 1810. He was the son of David and Betsey (Chase) Spaulding, the former of whom was a native of Littleton, Vt., and the latter was a native of the village of Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass., both of English descent. He is descended from Edward Spaulding, who emigrated to America along with some of the earliest Massachusetts colonists. The father of our subject was born in 1768, and was the son of Isaac and Susannah (Lawrence) Spaulding. His father and mother both died in Plymouth county, Mass. By occupation his father was a ship carpenter. Our subject was reared to manhood in the village of Wareham, in Plymouth Co., Mass., in the public schools of which he received his early education. At the early age of thirteen he entered upon the pursuit which proved to be the chief occupation of his life. Starting at that age as an apprentice in a nail factory, he continued to be thus employed in Plymouth county until 1832. In that year he came westward to Pittsburgh, Penn., in which place and vicinity he resided until 1854. During his residence there he was employed at his trade, with the exception of five years, during which he conducted a country store near Pittsburgh. In 1854 he removed to Wheeling, W. Va., where he became one of the proprietors of the La Belle Iron Works, operated under the name of Bailey, Woodward & Co. A few years later this firm purchased the Jefferson Iron Works of Steubenville, Ohio, and for the purpose of managing the latter plant, Mr. Spaulding removed from Wheeling to Steubenville in 1859, and has resided here ever since. The plant here was operated under the name of Spaulding, Woodward & Co., for a great many years, until finally a corporation was formed and chartered under the name of the Jefferson Iron Works, and it has been operated under this name ever since. Later on Mr. Spaulding exchanged his interests in the La Belle Iron Works for stock in the Jefferson Iron Works, but finally in 1884, he disposed of his entire interest in the latter, and shortly after he became one of the incoporators of the Spaulding Iron Works, of Brilliant, Jefferson county, and he has been president of that institution ever since. (He also served as president of the Jefferson Iron Works from the time it was chartered until 1884.) Mr. Spaulding was married March 17, 1836, to Elizabeth Wallace, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Kent) Wallace. Mr.s Spaulding was a native of western New York, born August 25, 1812. She bore to her husband a family of nine children, as follows: The first was an infant that died unnamed. The others are, David, James, Charles H., John W., Ellen F., Emma J., Eoline and Hannah, of whom Charles H., Ellen F., Emma J., Eoline and Hannah are living. The wife of Mr. Spaulding died August 12, 1879. Mr. Spaulding from his long residence and extensive business relations, possesses a wide acquaintance throughout the upper Ohio valley, and wherever he is known he commands universal respect and esteem. He is a man of easy manner and a kind and courteous disposition, and in both social and business circles he stands very high. He is a republican in politics.

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