WILLIAM J. GALLAGHER, druggist, and one of the leading citizens of Tiltonville, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born October 23, 1871, at Latrobe, Pa., and is a son of William and Mary (Welch) Gallagher, both of whom are natives of Dublin, Ireland. The parents of our subject came to the United States in 1862, shortly after their marriage, and first located in Pennsylvania. In 1874 they moved to Wheeling, West Va., but subsequently went to Bridgeport, O., where the father died in February, 1905, aged sixty-nine years. He was a miner by occupation. His widow survives. They had the following children: John, deceased; anna, who is the wife of John W. O'Neal; Mary, deceased; Patrick, deceased; Michael; William J., our subject; Thomas; Martin; Edward, deceased; Margaret, deceased; Charles; Elizabeth; and Mamie.
William J. Gallagher was reared in Wheeling, West Va., where his parent located when he was about three years old, and there attended the Catholic Cathedral School. He has been a resident of Tiltonville, O., since February 22, 1893, and has been operating a drug store here since January 11, 1909. He was married July 26, 1892, to Catherine Easthorn, who is a daughter of James P. Easthorn of Jefferson County, Ohio, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth M.
Mr. Gallagher is politically identified with the Democratic party, has served as a member of the school board for five years and as treasurer of Tiltonville, and in 1908 and 1910 ran as a candidate for sheriff of Jefferson County. He is a member of the B. P. O. E. No. 895, and of F. O. E. No. 456, both of Martin's Ferry. The religious connection of the family is with the Catholic Church, at Martin's Ferry.