THOMAS McCAUSLEN, a prominent citizen and attorney, who began the practice of the law half a century ago, was born in Jefferson county, March 16, 1819. His grandfather, of Irish descent, was one of the early settlers of the county, removing here from Pennsylvania. William C. McCauslen, father of Thomas, was born in Jefferson county in 1792. He was prominent as a politician, was a member of the Ohio legislature for several terms, and served one term in the United States congress. He died about 1862. Thomas McCauslen was educated at the Grove academy, at Steubenville and afterward followed milling and gardening. Subsequently, he began the study of law with Stanton & McCook, of Steubenville and was admitted to the bar in 1839. He began the practice at West Union, Adams county, Ohio where he remained about twelve years, during that period serving as prosecuting attorney two terms. He was afterward a resident of Portsmouth for a number of years, coming there to Steubenville in April, 1865. He practiced until 1882 when he retired, but his son carried on the business under the name of McCauslen & McCauslen. Mr. McCauslen was married in 1851 to Mary J. Sparkls, who was born at West Union, in 1829, the daughter of John and Sarah (Sinton) Sparks. Her father came to Adams county at an early day and was one of the founders of the first blast furnance in Ohio. He died in 1848. His wife, a native of Ireland, died in 1832. Mr. and Mrs. McCauslen have eight children: Sarah B., Jennie, William, Edwin, George, Clara, Thomas and Mary. Mr. McCauslen is a democrat in politics and cast his first vote for James K. Polk. He represented Adams, Scioto and Pike counties in the same senate, one term.
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