WILLIAM McCONNELL, a prominent merchant of Hammondsville, Jefferson county, was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, about 1838. When about fifteen years of age he came to America, and after spending six months in Westmoreland county, Penn., and a few months on the Monongahela river, he came to Hammondsville, reaching here in the summer of 1855. At this place he has since resided. Previous to the war of the rebellion he engaged in coal mining, and continued at that until 1864, when he assisted in raising in coal mining, and continued at that until 1864, when he assisted in raising a company for the service. In this company he was elected lieutenant, but the company becoming divided, he with about half of the organization joined the One Hundred and Forty-second Ohio infantry, with which he went to the front as a private. After an honorable service, which included participation in the battle of Cold Harbor and the siege of Petersburg, he was mustered out at Columbus, in 1865, with the rank of corporal. Returning home, Mr. McConnell engaged in merchandise, beginning with a small capital and has prospered so that he now has several thousand dollars invested. In 1873 he also engaged in the oil business at Smith's Ferry but in a short time found the business unprofitable. Mr. McConnell is a well known and popular citizen, has served his township several years as constable, and for fifteen years as treasurer. He is a republican in politics, having cast his first vote for Lincoln, is an elder in the Disciple church and is a comrade of the G. A. R.
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