Biography of David Rankin
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

David Rankin, president of the Peoples Savings & Loan Company, Leetonia, has been identified with the business development of Columbiana County for a number of years. He was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Sept. 16, 1845, and is a son of John and Ann (Gillis) Rankin.

John Rankin, deceased, was a native of Scotland, as was his wife. They were married in Canada in 1843 and settled in Pennsylvania many years ago, where Mr. Rankin was interested in mining. He died in 1855 and his wife died in 1888. They had two sons: Alexander, lives retired in Leetonia; and David, the subject of this sketch.

David Rankin spent his boyhood in Pennsylvania and later lived in Canada. He settled in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1871 and followed the machinist's trade there until 1882, when he removed to Leetonia and engaged in the milling business. When Mr. Rankin came to Leetonia he formed the partnership of Randall Rankin & Company. Mr. Randall retired in 1896 and the firm became Rankin Brothers, which continued until 1922, when David Rankin retired. He has been identified with the Peoples Savings & Loan Company as president for a number of years.

On Dec. 24, 1874, Mr. Rankin was married at Boston, Mass., to Miss Flora Campbell, the daughter of Neil Campbell, a native of Nova Scotia. Mr. and Mrs. Rankin have a son, John A., a civil engineer, lives at Leetonia. He married Miss Lydia Jane Humbel, and they have three children: Donald D., born in 1910; Flora, born in 1912; and James, born in 1915. John A. Rankin enlisted in a Canadian regiment as first lieutenant and served during the entire war in France and Belgium. He was honorably discharged at Toronto, Canada, at the close of the war, having attained the rank of captain.

Mr. Rankin attends the Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He is a Republican and has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his community.

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

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