Biography of Andrew Squire
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ANDREW SQUIRE recently rounded out a full half century in the practice of law at Cleveland. In the field of business and corporation law his success has been unqualified. Since 1890 he has been senior member of the firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, one of the oldest continuous law partnerships in Cleveland.

The golden anniversary of his admission to the Cleveland bar was not allowed to pass unnoticed, and on December 3, 1923, he was the guest of honor at a banquet attended by members of the Cleveland Bar Association and also by many leaders in Cleveland's political, social and industrial life. The embossed testimonial given him by the association at that time reads as follows: "Upon the completion of fifty years of continuous and active practice of his profession, as a member of the bar of Cuyahago County, the Cleveland Bar Association presents to Mr. Andrew Squire this sincere testimonial of appreciation of those services and that character and that conduct with which he has generously honored the profession which honors him.

"May his steadfast adherence to those principles which here made him leading lawyer and leading citizen, beloved by his fellowmen, be an inspiration to all who would achieve real success."

In the course of the evening many other tributes were paid the veteran attorney, and one that expressed what all his old associates felt was a letter from Chief Justice Taft who wrote: "I have known and loved Mr. Squire for many, many years, longer, perhaps, than he and I are willing to admit. His sense of justice, his sweetness, his serenity, his great abilities, his sense of public duty, his personal charm and his love for his feflowmen are such that I do not wonder that his associates at the bar wish to give this testimony to their high appreciation of his eminent professional and personal qualities as one of the great leaders of the bar of Ohio and Cleveland.

"I am very sure that this evidence of the affection of the fellow members of his profession will delight his heart, and the more so because of his modesty and the gratified surprise he will feel at your expressions of deep respect and warm affection. It is a source of keen regret that I cannot be with you to take part in this most deserved tribute to half a century of useful professional of community and patriotic service."

Mr. Squire was born at Mantua, Portage County, Ohio, October 21, 1850, son of Dr. Andrew Jackson and Martha (Wilmot) Squire. He is of New England ancestry. Andrew Jackson Squire was born in Ohio in 1815, and practiced medicine for many years in Portage County.

As a youth Andrew Squire purposed to follow the same profession as his father, and for a time he studied medicine until he became convinced that his talents primarily prepared him for the law. He attended the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute at Hiram, and after a period of professional study in Cleveland, he entered Hiram College, where he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1872. From Hiram College he went immediately to Cleveland, carrying with him letters from James A. Garfield, then congressman, and Burke A. Hinsdale, president of the college. He did the duties of clerk and janitor in the law office of Andrew J. Marvin and Darius Cadwell, at the same time studying law, and in December, 1873, was admitted to the bar. After Mr. Cadwell went on the bench he became associated in partnership with Andrew J. Marvin. He had several other eminent Cleveland attorneys as associates. He and Judge William B. Sanders and James H. Dempsey established the firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey on January 1, 1890. The successful practice of the law has brought him all the achievements and honors craved by a worthy ambition, and he has been only a laymen in politics. Nevertheless he has been a creative, progressive force in the life of Cleveland. His sound advice and his power of harmonizing and bringing together masterful personalities and large interests have been an important factor in the business advancement of his city. He has made for peace not for strife, for progress, not for obstruction. His work has been constructive, not destructive.

Mr. Squire is a director of the Union Trust Company, the Cleveland Stone Company, of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad of which he is president, and has had numerous other business interests.

During the World war he served as a member of the Mayor's Advisory War Committee. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896. He is a trustee of Hiram College and Western Reserve University and a director of the Case Library. He has attained the supreme honorary, thirty third degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. In 1909 he was president of the Country Club of Cleveland, and is a member of the Union and the University clubs of that city, and the University aub of New York. On June 24, 1896, Mr. Squire married Mrs. Eleanor Seymour Sea, daughter of Beldon Seymour of Cleveland. Mrs. Squire was regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the time of the Spanish American war and was active in the war relief measures officially sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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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