Biography of Hon. Nathan H. McClure
North Central Ohio Biographies

Hon. Nathan H. McClure. One of the most influential figures in professional circles in North Central Ohio is Nathan H. McClure, who is serving as common pleas judge of Medina County. He was born in Medina, April 25, 1864, the son of Nathan H. and Emma (Seaton) McClure.

Nathan H. McClure, Sr., was born in Greece, Monroe County, N. Y., Nov. 5, 1826. He was a Civil War soldier and died while in the service on July 6, 1864, a few months after the birth of his son, Nathan H., and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina. The mother was Emma Seaton, daughter of Reed P. Seaton, a grocer of Medina and by trade a cabinetmaker. She died March 23, 1915, and is also buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Nathan H. McClure was an only son. He received his early education in the public schools of Medina. After leaving school at the age of 17 he began work in a flouring mill, serving a three year apprenticeship, and studying law at night, and afterward in the office of the late Judge Hayden, of Medina. He was admitted to the bar on May 2, 1886, at the age of 22 years, and engaged in the practice of law in Cleveland and Medina for 26 years. He served as prosecuting attorney of Medina County for two terms from 1904 until 1910 and was elected common pleas judge of Medina County in November, 1914, taking office Jan. 1, 1915. He has continued in this office to the present time. Judge McClure has also served by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as common pleas judge in the counties of Cuyahoga, Franklin, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and elsewhere in the state during the above period.

Judge McClure was married Oct. 2, 1901, to Miss Harriett J. Shepard, the daughter of Edward E. and Harriett M. (Chidester) Shepard. Edward E. Shepard was associated with his brother, R. S. Shepard, in a retail dry goods business in Medina. Both are deceased and are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery. To Nathan H. and Harriett J. (Shepard) McClure were born two sons: Reed C., born Nov. 15, 1904, now a draftsman in the county engineer's office, Medina; and Carroll B., born Sept. 8, 1910, a student at the University of Cincinnati.

Judge McClure is a Republican in politics. The family are members of the Congregational Church. He belongs to Medina Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 58; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree; Al Koran Shrine; and Knights of Pythias, Comet Lodge, No. 60, Medina.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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