William D. McLaughlin


WILLIAM D. McLAUGHLIN, a prominent citizen of Steubenville, was born in that city November 3, 1837. He is the son of William and Nancy (Ramsey) McLaughlin. The father was born in county Down, Ireland, about 1791 and came to America with his parents, John and Mary (Douglass) McLaughlin, when he was twelve years old. The family, on reaching America, located at Pittsburgh, where the grandmother of our subject died in a few months and his grandfather about two years later, the latter's death being caused by falling on the ice while attempting to cross the Allegheny river. The latter had three sons and one daughter, and two sons are living. William McLaughlin learned the trade of a saddler and harness maker at Pittsburgh, and at twenty-one years of age came to Steubenville, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1874. He was married four times successively to Mary Riggs, Mary J. Ramsey, Nancy Ramsey and Elizabeth J. Hill. The mother of our subject died before he was six months old. She was the daughter of John and Nancy (McGee) Ramsey, of Washington county, Penn. She had four brothers and three sisters, of whom three are living. Mr. McLaughlin resided all his life in Steubenville. In May, 1864, he entered the Union army in the one hundred day service and served in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Ohio volunteer infantry. He received an honorable discharge and on returning home, resumed farming near the city. In 1877 he helped to establish a fertilizer factory opposite Steubenville, in Brooke county, W. Va., and ran it successfully for several years. In August, 1889, he became the lessee and manager of the city opera house, which position he is filling in an acceptable manner. Mr. McLaughlin was married, April 2, 1866, to Jennie Lambert, by whom he has six children: Mary E., Sally R., Jennie (deceased), William, Laura and Cesarine G. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church. He is a member of the G. A. R., and he is a republican. He has served three terms as a member of the school board, being its secretary four years of the time.

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