Biography of J. E. McClure
Columbiana County, OH

J. E. McClure, the well known postmaster of East Liverpool, is a native of that place. He was born July 22, 1872, and is the son of William Mitchell and Mary (Jobling) McClure.

William Mitchell McClure, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at East Liverpool and for a number of years was engaged in railroad construction work with the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad, while the road was being built through this section. He enlisted as a private during the Civil War in Company E, 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the war. At the time of his discharge he had reached the rank of captain. Mr. McClure was engaged in the pottery business in later life at East Liverpool. Both Mr. and Mrs. McClure are deceased and are buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool. She was a native of New Castle-on-Tyle, England, and came to America with her parents when only three years of age. They settled at East Liverpool. There were five children born to Mr. and Mrs. William Mitchell McClure: J. E., the subject of this sketch; William F., East Liverpool; Margaret Belle, West Bridgewater, Pa.; George, deceased; and Dr. Thomas Mitchell, a dentist, in Cleveland, Ohio.

J. E. McClure was educated in the public schools of East Liverpool and was graduated from high school in 1891. He later attended Ohio Valley Business College and began his business career as a bookkeeper. After taking the civil service examinations for post office work he began as a substitute clerk and in May, 1895, was appointed a regular clerk. In July, 1911, Mr. McClure was appointed superintendent of mails at East Liverpool, in which capacity he continued to serve until his appointment as postmaster on April 7, 1924.

Mr. McClure was married first to Miss Alice Fischer, of Calcutta, Ohio, who is deceased. He was later married to Miss Margaret House, the daughter of Reverend and Sarah House. Reverend House is deceased and his widow lives at East Liverpool.

In politics Mr. McClure is identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Rotary and Buckeye Clubs. Mr. McClure is an industrious and capable man, and has the esteem of his fellow citizens throughout Columbiana County.

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

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