Biography of Hon. John W. Cassingham
Coshocton County, OH Biographies

The life of Hon. John W. Cassingham has been that of a gentleman of forceful character and of marked ability, and he has used well his time, talents and his opportunities, thereby adding to the name and fame of Coshocton. He is descended from both English and Scotch ancestry, his father, George F. Cassingham, having been born in County Kent, England, while his mother, who in her maidenhood bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Wilson, was born in the Scotch Irish region of Pennsylvania.

John W. Cassingham has practically spent his entire life in Coshocton. The schools of his native place afforded him his educational privileges, and he made his initial step in the business world as driver of a cart for Samuel Brown, who had a grading contract from what is now a part of the Pan Handle Railroad Company at Rock Run, about. three miles south of the city. Mr. Cassingham devoted a part of that year to the ivork, and the remainder of the time carried the mail on horseback between Coshocton and Canal Dover and Sugar Creek, in Tuscarawas county. He eagerly availed himself of every opportunity that led to advancement, and therefore accepted a position as assistant in the county treasurer's office. His work there extended over eleven years, commencing with Samuel Ketchum in 1857, and extending through the terms of Samuel Lamberson and S. C. BurrelL That he was faithful and reliable is evidenced by his long connection with the office, wherein he also broadened his experience and knowledge, becoming qualified for still more responsible duties in the business world. On leaving the county treasurer's office, he organized the firm of Cassingham & Crowley and established a grocery store at the corner of Main and Fifth streets, Mr. Cassingham taking charge of the bookkeeping and the financial interests of th0 business. The partnership was continued until 1875, when he withdrew from the mercantile lines and turned his attention to coal mining operations in connection with Edward Prosser, having charge of a coal bank of B. S. Rickets. He was afterward connected with E. T. Dudley, of Piqua, Ohio, and afterward with Edward Prosser in the Penn Twyn Coal Company and for several years, beginning in 1879, he was secretary and financial manager of the Home Coal Company, in which E. Prosser, D. L. Triplett., the Barneys, G. W. Ricketts, Dr. Lee and others were interested.

Mr. Cassingham was again called to public life, when in the fall of 1880 he was elected county auditor. His capable service was indicated in his reelection in 1883, and through a legislative extension of his term he continued in office for nearly a year beyond the usual term. Shortly prior to his retirement from that position be became associated with the Coshocton Coal Company, and also extended his efforts to other fields of activity, joining Hugh McElroy, of Pittsburg, in 1871, in the manufacture of paper, purchasing the Coshocton Paper Mill. The new undertaking proved very profitable and Mr. Cassingham, with others, built a paper mill at Newark, Ohio. In 1893, however, both of these mills were sold to the Columbia Straw Paper Company.

Mr. Cassingham is now connected as a stockholder and director with one manufacturing concern of considerable proportion, hut is not especially active in its management. In addition to his operations in the coal fields of Ohio, which have assumed extensive proportions, he has also become heavily interested in West Virginia coal and timber lands. He is likewise prominently known in financial circles, becoming a director and vice president of the Commercial Banking Company in 1894, while at the present writing he is president of this institution, which is the oldest and largest bank in the city. In 1868 he became secretary of the Coshocton Savings Building & Loan Association, and is now a director of the Citizens Building & Loan Association.

On the 5th of November, 1863, Mr. Cassingham was married to Miss Caroline Lamberson, a daughter of Samuel Lamberson, former county treasurer. They have two sons who are active, energetic men, with considerable mining interests. Mr. Cassingham's indomitable energy, good judgment, kindly disposition, simple tastes and quiet manners and methodical business habits have made him a successful man and useful citizen, and an esteemed public servant. He has been called to various local positions of trust and responsibility, serving as a member of the city council, as a trustee of the waterworks, and for fifteen years as a member of the hoard of education. He is recognized as one of the stalwart and influential representatives of democracy in this part of the state. In 1896 he was made a delegate to the democratic national convention in Chicago. In 1900 he was elected to represent his district in congress, and two years later was accorded reelection. He is energetic and far seeing, honest and public spirited, operating broadly and continuously, and by the stimulus of his exertions arousing the enterprise of others. During all his business life he has held many important relations to the public interest and his influence has been felt as a strong, steady, moving force in the social, moral and industrial movements of the community.

Centennial History of Coshocton County, Ohio
By William J. Bahmer
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1909

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