John G. Burns


JOHN G. BURNS, sheriff of Jefferson county, was born on a farm on the Ohio river, in Wells township, of that county, June 3, 1847. His parents, John and Susan (Mansfield) Burns, also were natives of Jefferson county. His mother died in February 1857 and his father, who, by occupation, was a farmer, survived her until July 26, 1866. Sheriff Burns was reared to manhood on the old homestead, attending a district school in winter and laboring on his father's farm in summer. Before his father's death, while yet a mere youth, he took charge of the farm, and in the course of a few years after his death, by purchasing the interests of the other heirs, he became the owner of the homestead, and there resided, giving his attention to agricultural pursuits until 1878. In that year he removed to Rush Run station, where, until the spring of 1879, he was chiefly engaged in dealing in horses, making his headquarters at Wellsburg, W. Va. In the spring of 1879 he removed to Wellsburg where he continued to deal in horses until April 1, 1880 when he took a car load of horses to Denver, Col. There he remained until January 4, 1881, when he returned to Wellsburg, and soon afterward removed to Steubenville. He continued to give his entire attention to the purchase and sale of horses until 1885. In October, of that year, he was elected sheriff of Jefferson county, Ohio. He took charge of the office the first Monday in January 1886. He was re-elected in the fall of 1887. Mr. Burns was married February 13, 1872 to Ruth, the daughter of Reuben and Margaret Hall, the former of whom is an old resident of Warren township, still living on the farm upon which he was born. Mr. and Mrs. Burns are members of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Steubenville. He is a member of the K. of P., and in politics he is an ardent republican. As sheriff of his county, he has given the best of satisfaction and as a citizen he stands very high.

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