Hon. Robert L. Adair. One of the most prominent attorneys of North Central Ohio is found in Robert L. Adair,
who has served as State Senator and as Probate Judge of Wayne County. He is associated with the well known law
firm of Kean & Adair, with offices in the Peoples Savings & Loan Building, Wooster. Mr. Adair was born
in Wooster Township, Wayne County, Feb. 2, 1869, the son of Andrew and Emeline (Yocum) Adair.
The grandfather of Robert L. Adair settled in Wayne County in 1825. His son, Andrew Adair, took an active interest
in political matters and served as county commissioner from 1869 until 1870. Emeline (Yocum) Adair was a teacher
in the public schools of Wooster for a number of years, and the daughter of Rev. Elmer Yocum, a pioneer Methodist
minister, who located in Congress Township, Wayne County, in 1826, and who for more than 70 years actively engaged
in the spreading of the gospel throughout Ohio and Wisconsin, dying in the latter state in 1898, at the age of
92 years. He was a delegate to the General Conference on four different occasions and was a presiding elder for
Robert L. Adair spent his boyhood attending the common schools and assisting with the work on his father's farm.
Being anibitious to make a name in the legal profession, he entered the University of Wooster, from which he was
graduated in 1891. He studied law with his brother, John S. Adair and was admitted to the bar in June, 1893, and
soon began the practice of his profession at Orrville, where he remained until 1895, where he gained a promising
start in his career as a lawyer. He then engaged in practice in Wooster with his brother, with whom he had studied,
and they were soon recognized as leading attorneys of Wayne County. Since July 1, 1908, Mr. Adair has been associated
in practice in this city with W. F. Kean. He was selected as the candidate for probate judge by the Democrats in
1889, and in the following fall was elected to that office, faithfully and ably discharging the duties of that
office for a period of six years. Prior to his election as probate judge he served one term in 1887 as city solicitor
of Wooster, declining the renomination. Mr. Adair served as a member of the Ohio Senate from Jan. 1, 1923, until
On Sept. 10, 1908, Mr. Adair married Miss Mary S. Campbell, of Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of E. A. Campbell.
They have two daughters, Mary Eleanor, and Dorothy Louise, who are students at Wooster High School.
John S. Adair, a brother, went to New Mexico in 1897, where he is now engaged in the practice of law. He married
Miss Caroline Goldsmith, of Painesville, Ohio, and they had five children: Mary Anderson, Ruth Smiley, Blanche
M., John Patrick, and Edward.
Edward E. Adair, another brother of Robert L., is superintendent of schools at Doylestown, in Wayne County. He
married Nina Franks, in December, 1891, and they have three children, Lyman, Francis, and Jeanette.
Jennie Adair, sister of Robert L., was graduated from Wooster College in 1899, and took graduate work in 1901.
She was a teacher in the public schools of Wayne County until her marriage to S. W. Woodward.
Mary S. (Campbell) Adair is a graduate of Moore's Hill College, and also attended DePauw University. Before her
marriage she was a teacher.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Adair are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
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