JAMES McCONVILLE, who deals extensively in real estate at Steubenville, Ohio, was born in 1850 at Warren Point, County Down, Ireland, and is a son of Daniel and Martha (Cochrane) McConville.
Daniel McConville, Sr., came from Ireland to America about 1851 and located at Steubenville, where he became one of the leading merchants and business men, conducting both a wholesale and retail store from 1851 until 1878. Mr. McConville was strictly an upright business man, one who always took a deep and active interest in the promotion of Steubenville's welfare, and was one of the first men to erect a substantial business block. His marriage with Martha Cochrane resulted in the birth of the following children: Daniel, a resident of Washington, D. C., who was sixth auditor of the treasury under the first administration of President Cleveland, was one of the directors of the Ohio Penitentiary, under Governor Hoadley during his administration, and has also served as chairman of the Democratic Committee of Ohio; James, who is the subject of this article; Thomas, who succeeded his father in the mercantile business, has for several years been identified with Reese-Hammond & Company, brick maufacturers of Pittsburgh; Edith, who is the wife of P. P. Lewis, on of the leading attorneys of Steubenville, Ohio; Anna, who is the widow of John Ingham, is a resident of Allegheny, Pa.
James McConville received his education in the local schools of Steubenville and at Pittsburgh College, and afterwards, embarked in the dry goods business. From 1883 to 1885 he served as Mayor of Steubenville, and on the failure of the Metropolitan Bank of Cincinnati, was appointed receiver of the same by the Cleveland administration, and after settling up the bank's affairs went to Washington, where he engaged in the real estate business. Since returning to Steubenville, Mr. McConville has dealt extensively in real estate, and has been prominently identified with the Democratic party, having been their last candidate for Representative. He was, however defeated, the Republicans of this locality being about 5,000 in the majority. Mr. McConville is a member of the Steubenville Chamber of Commerce, and of the Taxation Committee. Mr. McConville was first married in 1881 to Emma C. Elliott, now deceased, and his second marriage was with Mary McCrystal, no children having been born of either union.