THOMAS BURKE, who has been successfully engaged in a general contracting business at Steubenville, Ohio for the past twenty-two years, occupies a foremost place among the reliable and representative business men of this city. He was born in Ireland in 1840 and eight years later was brought to America and to Ohio.
For a space of thirty-two years Mr. Burke has been a resident of Steubenville. He married here, reared his family and invested in property and during all this time has been one of the best of citizens and one who enjoys the respect and confidence of those with whom he has had business and social relations for so long. He went to work in boyhood as an employe of the cotton factory, but when he was permitted to make a choice of occupation for himself, he learned the carpenter's trade. This he followed until he went into contracting, about 1888. For the last eight years his eldest son has been associated with him. Mr. Burke was married in 1866 to Miss Anna Gorman, of Steubenville, and they have four children: John P., James I., Anna and Mary. Mr. Burke and family are members of St. Peter's Catholic Church and both sons belong to the Knights of COlumbus.