Biography of Strwart A. Lasley
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





STEWART A. LASLEY, iron manufacturer, Springfield. Among those who have adopted the "Champion City" as their home, and contributed to its wealth and social attractions, is the family of S. A. Lesley. He is a native of this State; was born in Gallia County in 1803; his youth and early manhood were spent on a farm. In 1825, he married Cynthia McCumber, of Cheshire, Gallia County. He continued farming until about 1835, when he began merchandising; he started in a modest way, in Vinton, in his native county, and continued in business there about eighteen years; his business was prosperous, and he had in the meantime purchased an interest in the Buckeye and Iron Valley furnaces, and has since, with the exception of a single short interval, owned an interest in some one or more of the iron furnaces of that section. In 1856, he removed to Portsmouth, where he acted as agent several years for the productions of the Buckeye furnace. In 1861, he removed to Gallipolis, where he resided during the war, being associated with Col. Moulton in furnishing supplies for the army. After the close of the war, he spent about two years at the Buckeye furnace, then came to Springfield, and, having purchased his handsome residence property, southwest corner of High and East streets, which he then christened "Lincoln Heights," adopted this city as his home. This property is in the form of an oblong square, fronting on High street, and contains about 2 acres; is handsomely improved, and presents a very attractive appearance. Mr Lesley's first wife died in 1846, having borne him five children, two of whom died in infancy; a son, Hiram G., resides at Welliston, Jackson County, and is also connected with the furnaces of that section; one daughter is the wife of Amos Wilson, M. D., a resident of Iowa; another daughter is the wife of David Stephenson, of Clifton, W. Va., who is also connected with the mining interests. Mr. Lesley's present wife, nee Miss Rachel E. Dunlap, of Antram, N. H., was a teacher in younger days, and is a lady of intelligence and social culture; their marriage was celebrated June 8, 1848; they have two children, a grownup son and daughter - John F. and Mary E., both of whom are at home, and are accomplished members of Springfield society. Mr. Lesley now owns an interest in the Milton furnace, and is also a stockholder in the First National Bank of Chattanooga, Tenn., of which his nephew, W. P. Rathbun, is President. Although advanced in years and retired from active business, Mr. Lesley takes a deep interest in public affairs. His first vote for President was cast in 1824, and he has not failed to vote at each succeeding Presidential contest; he was a Whig in early days, and has been an ardent supporter of the Republican party since its organization. In 1861, although nearly 60 years of age, he volunteered as a member of a company of about sixty who were organized by and under the command of Lewis Newsom, a General of militia; this company was for the protection of the vast Government stores then at Gallipolis, and were afterward handsomely complimented for their "valuable services," by the Governor, and were again called into service as "squirrel hunters" during Morgan's memorable raid.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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