Thomas W. McLean


THOMAS W. McLEAN, a notary public, and the very capable manager of the Stratton Bros.' general store at Empire, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born in Ross Township, Jefferson County, June 24, 1869 and is a son of Samuel L. and Sarah (Anderson) McLean. Samuel L. McLean was born also in Ross Township, a son of James and Rebecca (Lowery) McLean, the latter of whom was born at Pine Grove, in Ross Township, where he father was one of the earliest settlers. Samuel L. McLean became a man of prominence in Ross Township, for many years served there as a Justice of the Peace and was foremost in political matters and in the promotion of its school interests. His death occurred in 1902. He married Sarah Anderson, who was born at Monroeville, Ohio. Thomas W. McLean attended the public schools of Ross Township and from there entered Scio College, where he remained a student for three years. When eighteen years of age he left the home farm and became a clerk for Calvin Bunting, a well known merchant at Wellsville, and also was a clerk in the general store of J. W. Brandt, at Irondale. Still later he became a traveling salesman for W. F. Davidson, of Steubenville, Ohio in the grocery line, and remained two years with that house and continued on the road for twelve more years, representing the well known wholesale grocery firm of S. Ewart & Co., of Pittsburg, covering Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and the northern part of West Virginia. In 1905 he accepted his present responsible position. The Stratton Bros. firm enjoys a large amount of patronage in this section and their very large stock comprises a complete assortment of first class goods, including groceries, dry goods, ready-made clothing, shoes, hardware, feed and flour. To acceptably manage so large an enterprise requires the possession of much business experience together with a large amount of tact and judgement and Mr. McLean's popularity shows that he is not lacking in these desirable qualities. Through his pleasant personality he controls a large trade over a wide territory, in which he is known to the larger number of business men. In October, 1889, Mr. McLean was married to Miss Clyde Bell, who was born at Burgettstown, Washington COunty, Pa., and is a daughter of D. W. Bell, who now resides at East Liverpool, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. McLean have one daughter, Helen B., who was born in May, 1901. Mr. and Mrs. McLean are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Empire, Ohio. In politics he is identified with the Republican party.

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