John R. Braddock


JOHN R. BRADDOCK, a leading attorney of Wellsburg, was born in Washington county, Penn., May 1, 1852, the son of J. Norton and Margaret J. (McDonald) Braddock, both of whom were born in Washington county, Penn., the father of Irish descent and the mother of Scotch family. The father, who is still living, was by occupation a farmer and carpenter and railroad contractor. Before the war he was a colonel of militia, and during the rebellion served three years and seven months. He enlisted forst in the three months' service and then for three years in the Twenty-second Pennsylvania cavalry and served in the Ringgold battalion. He was never wounded, but was once taken prisoner and held for a short time. He served under Sheridan in his campaigns and was discharged in May 1865. By his first wife, Margaret J. McDonald, who died in 1854, aged about twenty-one years, he had two children: John R. and Lizzie M., wife of D. B. Bowersox, of Tiffin, Ohio and judge advocate and inspector of the Woman's Relief corps of Ohio. Mrs. Braddock's brother, Gen. B. B. McDonald, was taken prisoner and confined at Libby prison until he escaped through the tunnel, in the construction of which he participated. Mr. Braddock was married a second time to Rebecca J. Plymire, by whom he has two sons: J. S. of Mt. Pleasant, Penn. and F. S. of Lockhaven. The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools and in the high school at Washington, Penn., and then attended the law department of Michigan univeristy one year in 1873-4. In June, 1874 he was admitted to the bar and he began the practice in the following August at Washington, where he continued ten years, then going to Leadville, Col., where he served as assistant city solicitor several months. Coming to Wellsburg in 1884, he opened an office with Senator J. B. Summerville, and in the period since elasped has taken a prominent place in the profession. He was senior counsel for the defense in the celebrated Van Baker case, from July 1887 to November 1889 and was warmly complimented for his efforts for his client in that cause. He is an accurate reasoner and fluent speaker. He and wife are members of the Christian church, and he is in politics a democrat. Mr. Braddock was married June 28, 1876 to Lizzie J. Wilson, daughter of William P. and Nancy W. Wilson, of Brooke county, and they have one child, J. Ray.

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