JAMES HUSTON LOWRY, cashier of the First National Bank of Smithfield, has always lived in Jefferson County, Ohio and resides at Hedgelawn, his well improved farm of twenty-two acres, on East End Avenue, where he has a most beautiful home life. He was born in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, November 1, 1864, and is a son of Elijah and Rhoda (Winters) Lowry.
Elijah Lowry came to Jefferson from Guernsey County, Ohio, in early manhood, and here married Rhoda Winters, whose parents, John and Jane (Huston) Winters, were old and substantial residents of Cross Creek Township. Elijah Lowry and wife had six children. Both parents died on their farm in Cross Creek Township, the father when aged fifty-two years and the mother when in her sixty-seventh year.
J. H. Lowry was reared on the home farm and received a certificate to teach when only fifteen years old and for seventeen years continued in educational work. During this time he perfected his knowledge along many lines, attending both Richmond and Scio Colleges and graduating from the university at Lebanon, in 1893. In 1901 he came to Smithfield as assistant cashier of the First National Bank and in 1902 was made cashier, a responsible position he has efficiently filled ever since.
On August 31, 1899, Mr. Lowry was married to Miss Mary Galbraith, the talented daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ewing) Galbraith, and they have two children: John and James. Mr. Lowry and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal CHurch. Politically he is a Republican and for the past six years has served on the school board, in 1906 being elected president of this important body.