John McClinton


JOHN McCLINTON, (deceased), formerly a prominent nail manufacturer and wealthy citizen of Steubenville, was born in county Antrim, Ireland, July 2, 1814. While he was a small child his parents emigrated to America and located near the Ohio river, about eight miles from Pittsburgh. His father, William McClinton, died in Beaver county, Penn., January 7, 1869. His wife had died many years previous. In his youth, John McClinton went to Pittsburgh and learned the trade of a nailer, and his whole life was given to that occupation, either in the employ of another firm or a member of his own. In 1851, he became one of the founders and proprietors of the La Belle Iron Works of Wheeling, W. Va., and he continued as one of its owners until his death. In 1859 he together with the other proprietors of the La Belle Iron Works, purchased the Jefferson Iron Works of Steubenville and Mr. McClinton was largely interested in this latter plant also. Shortly afer the purchase he removed from Allegheny City to Steubenville and from that time until about three years before he died he was connected with the establishment mentioned above. For many years he was a director in both the La Belle and Jefferson works. Mr. McClinton was married in March, 1852 to Margaret, daughter of William and Rosanna Nesbit. She was born in Butler county, Penn., March 20, 1824. Her parents were both natives of Ireland, but they were married in this country. Her father died shortly before she was married, but her mother lived until about 1879. THe marriage of Mr. and Mrs. McClinton resulted in the birth of six children: William H., Annie M., George A., John E., Samuel N. and Charles F., all living except George A., who died in his fifth year. Mr. McClinton died May 27, 1882. His widow still occupies the old homestead on South Fourth street, to which the family moved in April, 1865. Her husband was one of Steubenville's most substantial men, and no one of her citizens was more highly respected or esteemed. Mrs. McClinton also is highly regarded, and has a large circle of friends.

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