JOHN A. KITHCART, a well known attorney of Steubenville, was born at Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson county, Ohio, November 9, 1847. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Sherrard) Kithcart, the former of whom was born in Uniontown, Penn., October 13, 1823 and the latter, near Rush Run station, Jefferson county, September 21, 1821. His father was the son of John and Mary (Crossland) Kithcart, who were natives of Uniontown, Penn. His mtoher was the daughter of Robert A. and Mary (Kithcart) Sherrard, who also were natives of Pennsylvania. His parents were married May 5, 1846 and at present, reside at Mt. Pleasant. With them, when he was between seven and eight years old, Mr. Kithcart removed to a farm bout five miles northwest of Mt. Pleasant, and about six years later he accompanied them to another farm about five miles northeast of Mt. Pleasant, and there his youth was spent, laboring on the farm and attending district school. At seventeen, he taught school in his home district. During the follwoing winter he was a student in the Hopedale Normal college. In the fall of 1868, he entered the Washington and Jefferson college, at which he was graduated in June 1871. He then resumed teaching during the two following winters, in the district schools of Jefferson county. Meanwhile, he had taken up the study of law, and while teaching his last two terms, his leisure time was devoted to reading with Hon. Jared Dunbar, of Steubenville. He was admitted to the bar, October 1, 1873 and at once entered into a partnership with his preceptor, Mr. Dunbar. The firm of Dunbar & Kithcart has continued ever since, and it is now one of the successful law firms of the city. Mr. Kithcart was married December 26, 1871, to Sarah J., daughter of William and Sarah H. Biggar, formerly of Jefferson county. Mr. and Mrs. Kithcart have had five children: Nancy S., Joseph B., Mary H., Elizabeth J. and William A., of whom Nancy S. died, aged about seventeen months. Mr. Kithcart and wife are members of the Third Presbyterian church of Steubenville. In politics he is a democrat. In the spring of 1873, he was elected to the city council and served two years. In the fall of 1881, he was elected a representative tot he state legislature and served that body in a creditable manner during one term of two years. He takes an active part in local politics, and is prominent in the local workings of his party.
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