William S. McCauslen


WILLIAM S. McCAUSLEN, a well-known attorney of Steubenville, was born at the village of West Union, Adams County, Ohio, January 26, 1857. He is the son of THomas and Mary J. McCauslen, the former of whom practiced law in the state of Ohio, forty years, and both of whom reside two miles west of Steubenville. When the subject of this sketch was a child, his parents removed to Portsmouth, Scioto county, Ohio, and when he was seven years old they removed from that place to Steubenville, and a few months later located on a farm two miles west of that city, where the father and mother still reside, and where WIlliam spent his youth. He received his early education in a district school and at sixteen entered the high school of Steubenville which he attneded four years, graduating June 17, 1877. He then began the study of law with his father, and the latter's partner, Judge Robert Martin. He was admitted to the bar June 17, 1879 after which he continued in the office of his father and Mr. Martin until August 12, 1880, when the firm of McCauslen & Martin was dissolved and the latter succeeded by the subject of this sketch. The firm of McClauslen & McClauslen has continued ever since, but owing to the impaired state of the father's health, the entire business of the firm is transacted by William, who has shown himself to possess much ability as a lawyer and who is in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice. He is a member of the K. of P. order, and politically he is a democrat. He takes an active part in the local politics and has been the recipient of many honors at the hands of his party. Upon the solicitation of his friends he once accepted his party's nomination for the office of prosecutting attorney, and at another time he accepted a nomination for the office of mayor of Steubenville. Though defeated both times on account of the overwhelming republican majorities, he each time made agood race and developed much strength. While yet a very young man he began to participate in the political campaigns as a stump speaker, and he has kept this up ever since, possessing much ability as a political orator.

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