EMMETT E. ERSKINE, a leading member of the Jefferson County bar, and a resident of Steubenville for the last thirty years, was born in Springfield Township, this county, in 1855. He is a son of David Erskine, a native of Ireland, who came to America and settled in Springfield Township about 1829. A Republican from the organization of that party, David Erskine, although he never sought office, was an active worker for the success of his party.
Emmett E. Erskine was reared in Springfield Township. He attended Westminster College one year and the State University of Kansas three years. He returned to Jefferson County, where he taught school, and read law with Battin & Andrews of Steubenville. He was admitted to the bar in 1879, practiced his profession in patnership with Mr. E. S. Andrews for five years, and then carried on a general practice of his own until elected prosecuting attorney of Jefferson County, in which capacity he served six years. He also practiced law five years in partnership with his brother, E. Dewitt Erskine, and was then in business for himself until Mr. Smith became a member of the firm. He has always ranked high in the legal profession of Jefferson County, his reputation being that of a lawyer of ability and a counselor whose advice may be followed. Erskine & Smith are attorneys for the Steubenville Wheeling Traction Company and the Commercial National Bank.
Mr. Erskine is president of the Steubenville Realty Company, a director of the Commercial National Bank and the Toronto Realty Company. He belongs to the First Presbyterian Church, being a member of the board of trustees. A Thirty-second Degree Mason, he belongs to the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of Steubenville, and to the Consistory at Cleveland. He is also a Knight of Pythias, of which order he is Past Chancellor, and a member of the Country Club.
Mr. Erskine was married December 20, 1888, to Margaret Anderson, who was born and reared in Steubenville, and to them have been born three children, two of whom are living, namely: Mary, who is a student at Willard School in New York, and Helen.