JAMES F. DATON, who is one of the abelst members of the Steubenville bar, and also one of the leading attorneys of eastern Ohio, was born in the village of New Alexandria, Jefferson Co., Ohio, in the year 1842. He is the son of Jerome D. and Rebecca (Porter) Daton, the former of whom is now a grocer of Steubenville, but the latter of whom is now deceased. Their son, James, spent his early life in his native town attending the village school until he was fifteen years old. At that age he entered Madison college of Uniontown, Penn., which he attended one year. he then entered Allegheny college of Meadville, Penn., in which he completed a full classical course. After this he commenced the study of law and preparatory to its practice he completed a course in the Cleveland Law college, and was admitted to the bar in 1863, but prior to this he had served a few months in the First West Virginia cavalry and was honorably discharged at Washington, D. C. Soon after his admission to the bar he was elected prosecuting attorney of Jefferson county and served in that capacity from 1864 to 1868 having been re-elected in 1865. During the year 1864 he served as a first lieutenant in the 157th Ohio National Guard for three months and during this period of service he was detailed as judge advocate in several important trials at Fort Delaware. He was mustered out with his regiment at Columbus, since which time he has been engaged in the practice of law at Steubenville. He had not been long in the practice of law at Steubenville. He had not been long in the practice of law until he took a front rank at the bar, and he has since rose steadily in his profession until now he is recognized as one of the ablest and most successful lawyers in eastern Ohio. While his practice has been general in its character, he possesses much natural ability for the criminal branch of the law, and were he to give it his exclusive attention, there is every reason to believe he would attain a rank among the best criminal lawyers of the country. He has been employed in a number of important cases, both civil and criminal, in which he has shown himself to possess a legal ability of a very high order. He is one of his party's most active local workers and during the campaigns his influence is not only sensibly felt in the councils of his party, but also upon the stump. As a political orator he is very successful and he has rendered his party most effective services in that capacity. Mr. Daton is widely known, and both his social and professional standing is beyond reproach.
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