Jared Dunbar


HON. JARED DUNBAR, a prominent member of the Steubenville, Ohio, bar, and ex-member of the Ohio state senate, was born in ALbany county, N. Y., July 30, 1826. He was the son of Alexander and Hannah (Lanfar) Dunbar, both of whom were also natives of New york, the former of ALbany county, and the latter of Schenectady county. His father was the son of John Dunbar, who was a native of Scotland, but who in early manhood emigrated to America and located in Albany county, N. Y., where he entered a large tract of land and where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married there and raised a family of five children, three sons and two daughters. Alexander Dunbar, his younger son, spent his entire life in Albany county. He was married to Hannah Lanfar, who bore to him five children, of whom our subject was the third. He was a farmer there and he died in 1836 when his son Jared was but ten years old. His wife survived him until late in 1886 when she also died in Albany county, after having reached the mature age of eighty-seven. The subject of this sketch spent his early life in his native county. In 1855, he removed from New York to the state of Ohio, and first located at Cambridge, Guernsey county, where he studied law, and in January, 1860, he was admitted to the bar at COlumbus, Ohio. He at once entered upon the practice of law, and his entire attention has been devoted to it ever since. During the first six years his professional labors were performed at Cambridge. In the summer of 1866 he removed to Steubenville and he is now a prominent and honored member of the bar of that city. Shortly after locating in Steubenville, he became employed as counsel for the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis railway, and he has been one of the attorneys of that road ever since, so that, while his practice has been general in its character and considerable of it has come from other sources, the railway practice has occupied the greater portion of his time. Mr. Dunbar was married in the state of New York to Jemima Bates, who still survives, and who has borne to him an only daughter, Fannie L., who is now the wife of Alexander Sweeney, and whose marriage to him has resulted in the birth of two children: May, who is now a young lady of eighteen, and at present is traveling in Europe, and Jar R., who is a young man of sixteen, and at present is a student in Scio college. The political affiliations of Mr. Dunbar were formerly with the whig party, but since 1856 he has been an ardent republican. In former years he took an active part in political campaigns, and during the time he rendered his party very effectual service. In the fall of 1868 he was elected to the office of state senator, and served in a very creditable manner for one term of two years. He was once a member of the city council in Steubenville, and while a member of that body he bore a conspicious part in securing the construction of the present handsome city building. Mr. Dunbar possesses a calm and dignified manner and much executive ability. His judgement is recognized as one worhty of confidence, and his record, both as a citizen and lawyer, is beyond reproach.

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