Biography of Thomas J. McDermott
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Thomas J. McDermott, who is one of the most successful of the younger attorneys of Mansfield, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Stockport, Morgan County, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1900, the son of Frank and Grace (Gray) McDermott.

Frank McDermott is a leading attorney of Morgan County, having engaged in the practice of law at Stockport and Zanesville, Ohio, for many years. He was born there and after completing his early schooling attended Georgetown University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was graduated from the Law School of Ohio State University. Grace (Gray) McDermott was born at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and died in 1918. She is buried at Stockport.

Thomas J. McDermott was the eldest of a family of twelve children. He attended the public schools of Stockport and was graduated from McConnellsville High School in 1917. He enlisted for service in the World War, April 14, 1917, and was assigned to the Tenth Machine Gun Battalion, Fourth Division. He saw active service in France on the Meuse-Argonne and Aisne-Marne fronts, and at the time of the armistice was attending an officers training school at Langre, France. He was discharged in August, 1919, with the rank of sergeant. Mr. McDermott then began his business career in the offices of the Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company, at Akron, Ohio, and was later employed by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He studied law at John Marshall School of Law, Cleveland, and received the degree of LL. B. in 1926. In 1923, he was employed by the Cuyahoga Abstract Title and Trust Co. for two years as title examiner; also one year at the Union Trust Company of Cleveland, then one year as assistant trust officer at the Cuyahoga Abstract Title and Trust Company. He spent three years in practice in Cleveland, and since 1929 has had offices in Mansfield. He is manager, secretary and treasurer of the Guarantee Title Company, Mansfield.

Mr. McDermott is a Democrat, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and belongs to Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. He is a member of the Richland County, Ohio State, and Cleveland Bar associations.

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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