Biography of James W. Stearns


Stearns, James W., Newstead, p. o. Akron, is a native of Bradford, McKean county, Pa., and was born July 21, 1850, and has spent most of his life in Bradford and the oil country. When seven years of age his parents moved to Warren county, where James W. lived until 1868. He attended school in winters and worked on a farm summers, finally taking a course in the Jamestown Union School and Collegiate Institute, from which he was graduated. After graduating he engaged in teaching, holding several prominent principaiships in schools. When the oil development in McKean county had become an assured success Mr. Stearns returned to his native county and embarked in the oil producing business, and by his energy and good business abilities, soon became one of the leaders in the great oil center. He was not only alive and suecessful in his business, but also active and influential in Democratic politics in town and county. On account of this and the general esteem in which he was held, he was, in 1867, made the candidate for sheriff of McKean county, and although a strong Republican county, came within a few votes of the election. In 1893 Mr. Stearns moved to Akron, Erie county, where he now resides, and is actively, interested in the production of oil, besides having large interests in gas producing territory in New York State. Mr. Stearns is one of the leaders in Democratic politics in Akron, and in 1896 was president of the Bryan and Sewall Club. In 1879 he married Annie E. Way. and they have four children.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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