SAMUEL McADOO, highly esteemed as one of the foremost citizens of Toronto, Jefferson County, Ohio, is a man of large interests which require him to be away most of the time, but he continues loyal to the little city where he has made his home since 1872. He is president of the Northwestern Clay Manufacturing Company at Griffin, Ill., and is also identified with the American China Company.
Mr. McAdoo was born in Hancock COunty, Va., now West Virginia, February 22, 1851, and is a son of James and Jane (Bradley) McAdoo. His father had settled at Porter's Landing in 1849 and there engaged in the manufacture of fire brick until 1853, when he fell victim to the cholera and died. His mother was married a second time and lived until 1884. Samuel McAdoo attended the common schools of his native county, and later a private school conducted by Rev. Hastings at Toronto. As a boy he began to work in the yards of Anderson & Porter and when he became of age he entered the employ of T. M. Daniels as pressman. He subsequently became connected with W. B. and S. B. Goucher in the manufacture of sewer pipe, and ever since he has been in close association with them. They became owners of the Calumet and Empire Fire Clay Companies, and for many years Mr. McAdoo was superintendent of these two plants. They also became identified with the sewer pipe industry at Brazil, Ind., and with Mr. J. O. Freeman established the Northwestern Clay Manufacturing Company at Griffin, Ill. From humble circumstances in boyhood, he has won his way to a foremost position in the business world through foresight, energy and thrift. He has a beautiful residence on North River Avenue in Toronto, and is a man of wide acquaintance and many friends.
Samuel McAdoo was joined in marriage with Miss Madora Myers, a daughter of Henry Myers. She came of one of the old families of the county and was descended from "Auver Mike" Myers, an early day Government scout, whose name is recorded in the history of Jefferson County. Mrs. McAdoo died leaving three children: James, Blanche and Harriett. He formed a second union with Miss Lucinda Manning, of Clermont County, Ohio. He is a member of Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., and Steubenville Commandery, K. T. In politics he is a Republican.