WILLIAM DEAN, born in England in 1825, died at Mingo Junction, November 5, 1888, was associated in a prominent way with the development of the iron industry in the valley of Upper Ohio. Coming to this country in 1829 with his parents, who first settled at Philadelphia, and thence moved to Valley FOrge in 1836, he found employment at the latter place, first as an employe in a cotton factory. In 1838 the family moved to Phoenixville, where the father was employed by the Phoenix Iron company as mill mason and the son found employment with him. In 1846 Mr. Dean was married to Isabella C. Griffin, of New York city, and four years later they moved to Pittsburgh, and from there in 1851 came to Wheeling. Mr. Dean worked at the Belmont mill as a brick mason and then in 1852 joined with others in the firm of Bailey, Woodward & Co. and built the La Belle mill at Wheeling. There he worked in brick masonry until 1859 when he became associated in the firm of Spaulding, Woodward & Co. in the ownership of the Jefferson mill at Steubenville, and in the same year he assumed the management of the La Belle mill. This position he held until 1869, when in conjunction with Andrew Glass and others, he organized the Mingo Iron company, and built the Mingo Iron works. He was elected vice president and manager of the company and acted as such until 1875. Meanwhile, in 1874, he built a residence at Mingo Junction, and made his home there from 1874 until his death. During the iron panic of 1877, the iron company at Mingo failed, and subsequently on account of his losses and impaired health, Mr. Dean retired from business, though he continued to manifest a lively interest in the developement of town and works. Mr. Dean was in disposition retiring and cautious, was careful in thought and speech, and in the treatment of men under his command avoided harsh language, the treatment of men under his command avoided harsh language, insisting that good men, whom he was particular to select, required no abusive urging to action. By those who knew him best he was highly esteemed and respected. His family, consisting of a widow, three sons and one daughter survive him, and reside at Mingo Junction.
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