Biography of W. A. O'Grady
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

W. A. O'Grady, who is successfully engaged in the practice of law at Wellsville, is among the prominent citizens of this section. He was borne at Wellsville, May 28, 1870, and is the son of James and Margaret (Leahy) O'Grady.

James O'Grady was a native of Ireland, as was his wife. They camel to this country many years ago and settled in Wellsville in 1865, where he followed his trade as a shoemaker. He was a Democrat and a member of the Catholic Church. He died in 1894 and his wife is also deceased. Mr. and Mrs. James O'Grady were the parents of the following children: Mary, the widow of John Thornton, lives in Wellsville; James, lives in Wellsville; John, Frank, and Daniel, all deceased; and W. A., the subject of this sketch.

W. A. O'Grady received his early education in the schools of Wellsville and began life as a telegraph operator. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a fireman for nine years, and one year as an engineer. During this period he studied law and was admitted to the bar of Columbiana County in 1903. He has since been engaged in the practice of his profession at Wellsville and has offices in the Perpetual Savings & Loan Building.

On June 17, 1896, Mr. O'Grady was united in marriage with Miss Anna Johns, who was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Nov. 7, 1874, the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Michaels) Johns, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Germany. There were three children in the Johns family: Mrs. O'Grady; Sophia, lives in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Herman, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady were born four children: Rev. Raymond, was ordained to the priesthood in Cleveland, April 23, 1922, is located in Elyria, Ohio; Marcelline, a graduate of Pennsylvania State College, is identified with her father's law practice; Delores, was graduated from Pennsylvania State College in June, 1925; and Geraldine, at home.

Mr. O'Grady and his family are identified with the Catholic Church and are representative of the best citizenship of Columbiana County.

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

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