Biography of Hugh J. McDermott
Columbiana County, OH

Hugh J. McDermott, the highly esteemed chief of police of East Liverpool, was born at Tamaqua, Pa., May 12, 1878, and is the son of Patrick and Anna (Campbell) McDermott.

Both Patrick McDermott and his wife were born at Tamaqua, Pa. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of the 22nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, having enlisted at the age of 16 years. He was a potter by trade, specializing in decorative work. Mr. McDermott is deceased and is buried in St. Aloysius Cemetery, East Liverpool. His wife resides in East Liverpool. They were the parents of seven children: Hugh J., the subject of this sketch; Mary, married Joseph Gape, lives in East Liverpool; Edward, lives in East Liverpool; Bridget, lives in Chicago; Anabel, married Frank Hull, lives in East Liverpool; and James and Francis, who live in East Liverpool.

Hugh J. McDermott received his education in the parochial schools of this city and attended Ohio Valley Business College. He learned the pottery decorating trade, which he followed until 1902, when he became a member of the East Liverpool police force. He was the first captain appointed in this city and for a number of years served as officer in charge of the lake front. He was appointed chief of police in 1916 by Mayor Orr, and has since served in this capacity, being reappointed by succeeding mayors.

Mr. McDermott is a Republican, a member of the Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Elks and Eagle lodges. He is a progressive citizen and a capable and efficient officer of the city.

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

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