JOHN S. MAXWELL, a well-known citizen of Steubenville, is a native of that city, being a son of the prominent old residents, Thomas and Martha (Ramsay) Maxwell. His father, the son of Hamilton Maxwell, located in Steubenville in an early day, and gave his attention to the grocery business, and later to hotel keeping. In 1830 he removed to a farm five miles west of the city, where he farmed and conducted a country tavern, until his death a year later. His wife, a daughter of Margaret Ramsay, survived him until 1872, when she died at the same place. At fifteen years of age the subject of this sketch started out for himself and made his way to Washington city, where he obtained a situation as clerk in a dry goods store, and continued in that capacity about seven years. He then engaged in the business himself, and for a period of twenty years was one of the dry goods merchants of Washington city. Returning to Jefferson county, he resided for five years on a farm adjoining the old homestead, five miles west of the city. In order to give his children the advantage of better educational advantages he then removed to Steubenville. For the past ten years his attention has been given to the business of fire insurance. Mr. Maxwell was married in Washington city, December 30, 1851, to Mary L. Wilson, who died April 3, 1876, leaving two children: Lizzie A., the wife of William J. McKinney, a jeweler of East Liverpool, Ohio and Dr. Frank S. Maxwell, a prominent dentist of Steubenville. January 8, 1880, Mr. Maxwell was married to Tirzah E. Wylie, of Hancock County, W. Va., and they have two children: Clarence W. and John S. Mrs. Maxwell is the daughter of Andrew Wylie, a native of Hancock County, W. Va., who died in the eighty-fourth year of his age, in the same house in which he was born. In politics Mr. Maxwell is a republican. He has served as a member of the city council one term, during which he was chairman of the street committee. He has been a member of the board of education six years, during about two years and seven months of which time he was president of the board. He is devoted church member, and at present holds the positions of deacon and trustee in the Second Presbyterian church of this city, of which his wife is also a member.
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