Hon. John R. Donehoo


HON. JOHN R. DONEHOO, a prominent attorney of Fairview, was born at Cross Creek, Washington county, Penn., September 1, 1834. His father, James Donehoo, was born in county Armagh, Ireland, in 1800, and was brought to this country by his parents, Daniel and Nancy (McCune) Donehoo, while an infant. These parents settled in Allegheny county, Penn., and the father was engaged in farming until his death at the home of his son, James, about 1850. James Donehoo became a tailor by trade, and being an intelligent and influential man, was made a justice of the peace, which office he held for more than forty years, and was at the time of his death, in 1873, one of the oldest justices of the state. He was a county commissioner and member of the state legislature. He married Eliza Ramsey, born in Washington county in 1809, daughter of John and Martha (Shields) Ramsey, natives of Chambersburgh, Penn. She is still living. John R. Donehoo, after finishing his preliminary education at the Cross Creek academy, read law with C. W. Russell, of Wheeling, and was admitted to the bar in 1857. After practicing in this county a short time he went to Wheeling, and followed his profession there several years. Going then to Washington, Penn., he remained there about four years, during the most of that time editing the Washington Examiner, in addition to his practice. He then published a campaign paper at Steubenville for three months, and subsequently removed to Fairview, where he practiced law for eighteen months. His next residence was in Fulton county, Penn., where he edited the Fulton Democrat for four years. During that period he also served one term as district attorney, and was re-elected, but resigned. While in Fulton county, he was a delegate to the New York democratic national convention which nominated Seymour and Blair. Mr. Donehoo next purchased the Indiana (Penn.) Democrat, which he edited for some eighteen months, and thence went to Morgantown, W. Va., where he edited the Constitution for about two years. In March, 1874, he removed to Fairview, where he has since resided, devoting his entire attention to the practice of law, with the exception of some time given to official duties. In 1874 he was appointed district attorney for Hancock county, and served two years. In 1880 he was elected state senator for the counties of Hancock, Brooke and Ohio, and served four years, with credit to himself and constituency. Mr. Donehoo expects during the next year to make his residence at New Cumberland. In 1860 he was married to Eleanor McCown, born in Fairview (then Virginia), daughter of John C. and Eliza (Sproule) McCown. Her father, a native of Washington county, Penn., died in 1877; the mother was born in Ireland, and died in 1856. Mr. Donehoo and wife have four children: James D., a minister of the Episcopal church; Eleanora, Jessie, attending Washington Female college, and Christine. Mr. Donehoo is at present a member of the board of regents of the State Deaf and Blind schools at Romney.

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