Biography of Thomas C. Burns
Allen County, OH Biographies

THOMAS C. BURNS, dry goods merchant, Spencerville, was born in Ashland County, Ohio, May 17, 1843; son of John H. and Margaret (McClure) Burns, the former a native of Ohio, the latter of Pennsylvania. They had nine children, of whom Thomas C. is fourth. Our subject was raised on a farm, and received a common school education. He entered upon his career in life as a harness maker, an occupation he followed about two years. He then engaged as clerk in a dry goods store at Perrysville. Ohio, where he remained about eleven years. In 1879 he removed to Spencerville, opened a dry goods store, in partnership with E. F. Veach, and has since continued in this line. From the commencement of his business career his trade has gradually increased, and his kind and obliging manners in attending to the wants of his many customers, as well as by his close attention to business, have gained for him hosts of friends. In order to better accommodate this trade the firm removed, in September, 1884, to their present commodious room, and their stock is as complete as any in the town. Mr. Burns was married, February 23, 1870, to Kate Castor, who was born in Vermont, July 25, 1850, by whom he has two children: Wade A. and John H. Mr. Burns is one of the present councilmen; was formerly a member of the I. O. O. F.; religiously he is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a stanch Democrat.

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