William L. Sharp


WILLIAM L. SHARP, a very prominent business man and citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in county Cavan, Ireland, March 21, 1811. He was the son of James and Christiana (Linton) Sharp. When he was ten years old he accompanied his father to America. His mother remained in Ireland, it being his father's intention to return for her, but about six months after he came to America his wife fell sick and died, and in consequence the father never returned to his native land. The father, on reaching this country, located in Philadelphia, Penn., where he died about two years later, and where the subject of this sketch remained until, he was twenty-one years of age. There he learned the tinner's trade and there he was married in 1830, to Isabelle McFadden. In 1832 Mr. Sharp removed to Cadiz, Ohio, but a few months later he removed to West Middleton, Penn., where he engaged in the manufacture of tin and copper goods. Between two and three years later he returned to Cadiz, Ohio, where he continued the manufacture of tin and copper goods until 1845. For five or six years before leaving Cadiz he also was the owner of a foundry which he started himself. In 1845 he located in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has resided ever since. Here he continued the manufacture of tin and copper ware, and he has kept it up ever since. After locating in Steubenville he began to handle stoves and hardware furnishing goods, at which he has continued ever since. In about 1847 he started a foundry in Steubenville, and a few years later he took as a partner in it George Craig, who continued with him about three years. After that he continued alone until about 1874, when he took as his partner his son, George E. Sharp, and the firm under the style of W. L. Sharp & Sons, still continues. Their present foundry is a very large establishment in which are employed a large number of men. Mr. Sharp and wife had six children, as follows: The first was a daughter who died unnamed. The others are James M., Samuel M., John H., Chrissinda, George E. James M. died aged five years and five months; Samuel M. became a minister in the Presbyterian church, and was sent as a missionary to South America, where he died at the age of twenty-six. John H. is also a minister of the Presbyterian church, and is now pastor of the West Park Presbyterian church of Philadelphia, Penn. The daughter, Chrissinda, is now the wife of Rev. Dr. Frank F. Bunting, a Presbyterian minister of Nashville, Tenn. The wife of Mr. Sharp died November 21, 1883. Mr. Sharp has been a member of the Presbyterian church over forty years. In politics he is a republican.

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