Joshua Manly


JOSHUA MANLY, an old and honored pioneer citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in Cecil county, Md., and both were of English descent. His father and mother were the parents of thirteen children, and of these our subject was the twelfth, eleven reaching maturity, of whom seven were sons and of whom four are now living. When the subject of this sketch was but one year old, or in the year 1815, his parents emigrated from Cecil county, Md., to Steubenville, Ohio, where both his father and mother spent the remainder of their lives, and where he has resided ever since. His early education was obtained in private schools. At fourteen years of age he began to learn the brick mason's trade with a firm of contractors by the name of Shaw & Hukill. At fifteen years of age he was bound to these men, and he served an apprenticeship of five years. After this was completed he remained with the same firm two years longer, making altogether eight years. He then engaged in business on his own responsibility and for a period of over forty years he was one of the most prominent contractors in Steubenville. In connection with that pursuit, he also at different times, gave much attention to other branches of business. He was at one time a partner in a livery barn, and later on for one year he conducted a grocery store. Still later he became initiated into the business of purchasing, improving and selling real estate, and he finally became engaged in that business in a very large business, and during the time they laid out three additions to the city of Steubenville. The partnership was dissolved in 1887, since which time Mr. Manly has given his attention to the management of the property interests in the city which are very extensive. He has, also, for a great many years, attended to the management of farming interests, having owned a farm on the hill, in the western part of the city, for about fifteen years, and having at times owned much other farm property. In all of his business ventures Mr. Manly has been very successful, and he is now onw of the most substantial men in Steubenville. He was married March 22, 1836, to Mary A. Alexander, who was also a native of Cecil county, Md., born in August, 1814. She bore to him two childrenL Civilla, who died in infancy, and Elizabeth A., who married Jesse S. Foster, formerly a druggist of Steubenville, but who is now deceased. Mrs. Mary A. Manly died in December, 1875 and in October, 1876, Mr. Manly was married to Mrs. Ann H. Powell, the widow of Ruel Powell. She died in April, 1888. Mr. Manly is a member of the Fifth Street Methodist Protestant church of Steubenville. In politics he is a republican. He has served as a member of the city council nine years and as a member of the board of water works trustees nine years. He also has served one year as street commissioner. He can say, however, what can be said by but a few who have served in public capacities, and that is that he never asked a man to vote for him in his life. He has led strictly temperate life and has never been under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Mr. Manly is one of Steubenville's most distinguished and honored citizens, and wherever known he commands universal respect and esteem. In 1854 he was one of the organizers of the Union Cemetery association and he is now the only survivor of the original members. He has belonged to the association ever since it was formed and he is serving as its president.

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