Biography of Jesse C. Hanley
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Jesse C. Hanley, judge of the Municipal Court of East Liverpool, is a member of one of the oldest and most prominent pioneer families of Columbiana County. He is successfully engaged in the practice of law in East Liverpool and is a veteran of the World War. He was born in this city, July 17, 1888, and is the son of James N. and Cora E. (Gorby) Hanley.

James N. Hanley was born in East Liverpool in 1863, the son of Charles and Susan (Kirby) Hanley. Charles Hanley was born in Belfast, Ireland, Aug. 23, 1839, the son of James and Elizabeth (Moore) Hanley. James Hanley was the son of William and Fannie (Cromwell) Hanley, the latter a first cousin to Sir Charles Cromwell. William Hanley was a farmer in County Antrim, Ireland, and lived to be 90 years of age. His son, James, was born in that section of Ireland in 1815. Charles Hanley, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came to the United States at the age of 17 years and settled in Philadelphia, where he remained until 1858, at which time he removed to East Liverpool. He served throughout the Civil War, having enlisted with the Third Ohio Independent Battery. During the winter of 1863 he contracted pneumonia and was sent to a St. Louis hospital, where he recovered. He then entered the 143rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry under Capt. William Brunt, and remained with this outfit until the close of the war. After his return to East Liverpool he engaged in partnership with Robert Hill, but later sold his interest in this business. In the fall of 1868 he built the C. C. Thompson Pottery Company plant. Mr. Hanley was a life long member of the Second United Presbyterian Church and served as Sunday school superintendent and elder. He was a Republican and a member of General Lyons Post No. 44, Grand Army of the Republic.

In early manhood James N. Hanley became connected with public affairs and served ten years as city clerk of East Liverpool. In 1903 he took the office of efficient clerk of courts of Columbiana County and served in this capacity until August, 1909. He has since been actively and successfully engaged in the real estate business in East Liverpool. To Mr. and Mrs. James N. Hanley two children were born: Jesse C., the subject of this sketch; and Hazel, married W. L. Armstrong, of Lisbon, Ohio. They reside in Urichsville, Ohio, where he is engaged in the banking business. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have a daughter, Deborah, born in 1918.

Jesse C. Hanley received his early education in the public schools, was graduated from Lisbon High School in 1906 and then spent two years at Ohio State University. He served as deputy clerk of courts for two years and during that time read law in the office of Judge James G. Moore, of Lisbon, Ohio. In 1909 he entered the College of Law, Ohio State University, and received his degree in 1912. He practiced his profession in East Liverpool from 1912 until 1918 and from 1915 until 1918 was associated with the firm of Lones & Hanley. He enlisted in the army in 1918 and was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and later to Pisgah National Forest as a sergeant in the quartermaster's department. In September, 1918, he was transferred to the U. S. Infantry and stationed at the Central Officers Training Camp at Camp Gordon, Georgia. He was discharged Dec. 7, 1918. Upon his return to East Liverpool he was appointed assistant to the prosecuting attorney in January, 1919, and after two years in this capacity was elected prosecuting attorney in 1920. He held this office for two terms and since 1925 has engaged in practice with offices in the Potters Savings & Loan Building.

Mr. Hanley is identified with the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbiana County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Federal Courts. He is a Republican and belongs to the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Elks, East Liverpool Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Phi and Delta Tau Delta fraternities. Nov. 3, 1925 Mr. Hanley was elected judge of the Municipal Court of East Liverpool, Ohio, on a non partisan ticket, being the first to hold that office after its creation by law. Mr. Hanley is thoroughly capable in his profession and is a citizen of high ideals.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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