GEORGE A. DEAN, a citizen of Mingo, prominently connected with the iron industry of the Upper Ohio Valley, was born at Wheeling, July 12, 1852, a son of William Dean, a notice of whom appears in these pages. After receiving his education, which was completed at the university at Morgantown, W. Va., he found employment in a nail factory in which he was occupied for about one year. He then took the position as time clerk for two years. COming to Mingo in March, 1871, he worked for six months upon the construction of the furnaces of the iron works, at the end of that time taking charge of the men so engaged, a position he held until the furnaces were completed and in operation in December 1871. After work in the office of the company as a clerk for about a year, he was elected to the position of secretary of the Mingo Iron company, a position he filled until 1878. In 1880 he was chosen secretary of the Junction Iron company, which controlled was chosen secretary of the Junction Iron company, which controlled the property of the Mingo company, and acted in that capacity until in 1883 he was given charge of the blast furnace as manager. In February 1883 he was chosen secretary and superintendent of the Junction Iron company, whose extensive plant comprises two blast furnaces, a plate mill and nail factory and which owns a half-interest in the steel plant. Mr. Dean is a stockholder and director of this comapny, and in the various capacities in which he has been engaged, has contributed materially, to its success and the rapid building up of its immense business. When he came to Mingo, eighteen years ago, there were but three houses on the site of the town. Mr. Dean is also active in social, religious and political matters, being a member of the Presbyterian church, the Masonic order, and of the republican party. He was married August 22, 1872 to Miss R. B. Frazier, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, and they have had one child, ALbert S., born in March 1876.
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