Joseph Rankin McLain (R46) Beaver and Washington Counties 1887-1890
Joseph Rankin McLain, born January 8, 1828, Cross Creek township, Washington county, Pennsylvania; son of William and Margaret McClellan McLain; moved, farm near Claysville, Buffalo Township, 1830; common and private school education; raised on a farm, followed farming and teaching most of his life; farmer; teacher; engaged, mercantile business; first Republican Jury Commissioner, Fayette County, 1867-1870; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1877-1878; unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1878; dry goods grocer; engaged, real estate business; chair, Washington County Republican Committee; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; school director; president, National Bank of Claysville; married, Susannah Ralston, died, October 10, 1915, Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania; interment, Claysville Cemetery, Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
First Republican Jury Commissioner, Fayette County, 1867-1870.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1877-1878; unsuccessful campaign for reelection, 1878.
Chair, Washington County Republican Committee.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 46th district, Beaver and Washington Counties, 1887-1890; committee assignments, Education, Agriculture, Library, Retrenchment and Reform (Chairman), Vice and Immorality.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 697, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 667.