Biography of Sylverter V. McMahon
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SYLVESTER V. McMAHON has been one of the well qualified attorneys of the Cleveland bar for more than twenty years. His offices are in the Ulmer Building. Mr. McMahon is a native of Cleveland, and is a member of a tamily whose name has been prominently identified with the candy manufacturing business in this city for seventy years or more.

Mr. McMahon was born at the family home on Orange Street, midway between Cross and Perry streets in Cleveland. His father was Peter McMahon. The grandfather was a native of Ireland, came to America when a young man and settled in Quebec, and lost his life by drowning in the St. Lawrence River. After that event his widow and her three daughters and one son Peter, who was born at Quebec in 1826, moved to Toronto, where Peter as a youth was apprentice to a candy manufacturer, learning the trade of confectioner. Peter McMahon moved to Cleveland in 1846. For a short time he worked at his trade. Cleveland was then a small lake port, most of its present area covered with farms or timber and its business opportunities outside of certain lines were limited. Peter McMahon on leaving Cleveland traveled overland to the Mississippi River and went South to New Orleans, then one of the most important cities in the country. For two years he was engaged in the confectionery business at New Orleans, but in the meantime realized that Cleveland was destined to be a great and powerful city, and accordingly he returned and established a candy manufactory. The business of candy manufacturing has been continuously in the McMahon family ever since, and a grandson of Peter, Edward Troughton, now conducts the industry founded by him and today one of Cleveland's most prosperous manufacturing concerns. Peter McMahon himself had charge of the business for nearly fifty years. He then retired and three years later died at the age of eighty. Peter McMahon married Johanna Rafter, who was born at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and was a child when brought to Cleveland, where she grew up. She died at the age of seventy six. Her three sons and four daughters were named Margaret, William, Mary, Belle, Thomas, Sylvester Vincent and Anna.

Sylvester Vincent McMahon as a boy attended St. Bridget's Parochial School, St. Ignatius College, took a post graduate course in logic and mental philosophy, and studied law one year in the law school of Western Reserve University and two years in the Cleveland Law School. He was graduated Doctor of Laws in 1900, was admitted to the bar, and has since been engaged in general law practice, one that takes him before all the courts. He was appointed police prosecutor in 1903 by Newton Baker, serving three years, and in 1906 was elected county prosecutor. Since leaving that office in 1909 he has given his whole time to his law business.

Mr. McMahon married in 1907 Mona Kelly, who was born at Kingston, Canada, a daughter of John and Mary Kelly. Her father died in Canada and her mother brought the children to Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. McMahon have four children, named John, Mary Agnes, Monty and Sally. Mr. McMahon is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, the City Club, and is regarded as a man of high standing both in professional and social circles.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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