HON. THOMAS R. GRIFFITH, who is serving in his third term as mayor of Empire, O., is one of the busy and prominent citizens of this village, not only being identified with its public affairs but also being concerned in one of its largest industries. He is a native of Wales, born there July 26, 1850, and is a son of David and Sarah (Jones) Griffith.
Mayor Griffith remained in his native land until he had reached manhood. In 1869 he made a move that he probably has never regretted, coming then to America and locating in Jefferson County, Ohio. For a time he was employed at Irondale, but in 1873 he came to the neighborhood of Empire, where he has lived ever since, in 1880 becoming a resident of the village. He has been a man of large importance here, taking an active interest in all movements to advance the town's high standing in every direction, serving as a member of its school board, on its town council, on committees for the public good, and subsequently became mayor. His administration has been so beneficial to all concerned that he has been twice re-elected. His business relations with one company have been continous for a quarter of a century. He is boss burner for the National Fire Proofing COmpany, of Pittsburgh, Pa., the plant being located at Zalia, W. Ca., and it is locally known as the Sligo Sewer Pipe Works.
On August 22, 1871, Mr. Griffith was married to Miss Margaret Williams, who was born in South Wales, and they have had ten children, the survivors being: Sarah, who is the widow of Samuel Mansfield, lived at Empire; David E., who lives at Junction City, O.; and Thomas A., Minnie, Hannah L., and Mary, all of whom reside at Empire. Mr. Griffith and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. In politics he is a Republican and fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Griffith, like many other of his countrymen, has been gifted with a fine voice and for a number of years has led the church choir.