Member Biography

Samuel McClure 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       47 Republican
1887-1888       47 Republican

COUNTIES: Mercer, Lawrence  


1839 - 1922

Senator from Sharon, Mercer County, born in Little Beaver Township, Beaver Co., January 3, 1839, son of Irish immigrant Joseph and Nancy (Clark) McClure of Clarksville, Pennsylvania.  Samuel McClure attended common schools; Girard Academy; clerked at his father’s store; managed James Wood and Son’s iron furnace in Lawrence County; cashier and bookkeeper at the company’s operation in Wheatland; promoted to superintendent and manager.  After the business failed, he assumed the position of manager at the Middlesex Furnace; became superintendent of the Stewart Iron Company, Ltd; promoted general manager of the corporation’s iron business in the Shenango Valley and of its coking facilities in Uniontown, Fayette Co.  In 1886, he helped organize and was elected Vice President of the Sharon Steel Casting Company – later the American Steel Casting Company.  The senator was the president of the Sharon Savings and Trust Co., the Union Limestone Company, the Valley Connecting Railroad Co., and the Sheanago Machine Company.  He married Augusta R. Dickson of Clarksville.   
Died in Sharon, March 25, 1922, interred in the Samuel McClure Mausoleum, Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon, Pennsylvania.
James T. McCleary, Secretary, Biographical Directory of the American Iron and Steel Institute (New York: American Iron and Steel Institute, 1911)