Biography of William H. McCabe
Coshocton County, OH Biographies

The world pays its tribute of respect to the man who is successful in business, but more than that instinctively yields deference to him whose life has been passed in accordance with high and honorable principles, never displaying that selfish interest whereby the rights and privileges of others are sacrificed. The record of William Henry McCabe was in many respects an exemplary one and therefore his death was the occasion of sincere and widespread regret, when on the 13th of August, 1901, he passed away. He was born June 18, 1851, a son of John and Julia McCabe, who were natives of Ireland and came to America soon after their marriage, settling on Long Island. In 1856 they removed with their family to the vicinity of Plainfield, Coshocton county, Ohio, and afterward settled on a farm near West Lafayette, while later they took up their abode near Canal Lewisville. The father carried on agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life and died in 1885.

While yet a boy, William Henry McCabe was employed at the railway station at West Lafayette, and there met with an accident that required the amputation of his leg. Thus handicapped, many a man of less resolute spirit would have felt that there was little chance left for him in life, hut Mr. McCabe was not discouraged by this misfortune, and a.fter educating himself for a. business career he came to Coshocton, where he won lifelong friends through that desirable quality, which for want of a better term has been called personal magnetism. Here he entered the employ of t.he firm of Hay & Wilson as bookkeeper and later, in association with others, engaged in the dry goods business. His ability was recognized in all lines. for he possessed sound judgment. and clear insight into business situations, and was able to combine diverse forces into a harmonious whole. In 1881 he became associated with H. D. Beach in the publication of a newspaper called the Standard Commonwealth, the name being due to a consolidation of two papers. Later it was changed to the Democratic Standard. In 1889 Mr. Beach sold his interest to Mr. McCabe, who remained sole proprietor up to the time of his death. The Standard became a successful journal under his guidance, and was a credit to the newspaper interests of the state.

In November, 1886, Mr. McCabe was married to Miss Ella Robinson and they had two children. James Robinson and Anna. Mary. Mrs. McCabe is a native of Franklin township, this county, and a representative of one of the prominent old families here. His great grandfather was Major Robinson, a native of Clarksburg, Virginia, who on coming to Ohio in 1801 settled on a farm near Conesville, Coshoeton county, where he died in 1815. His son was Judge James Robinson, a very prominent representative citizen in connection with the judiciary interests of the state, and also a representative from his district to the legislature. His son, James Robinson, father of Mrs. McCabe, was a well known landowner, who at one time served as county commissioner, and died in 1868.

In politics Mr. McCabe was a pronounced democrat, who stood high in the councils of his party, where his opinions carried weight. He was appointed postmaster of Coshocton during President Cleveland's second administration, and dispatched the a.ff airs of the office with businesslike promptness. At the time of his death he was acting as chairman of the democratic county executive committee and for many years he was a delegate to every party convention to which he was eligible. Fraternally he was connected with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Coshocton Lodge, No. 376, B. P. O. E., of which he served as exalted ruler. He was a leading citizen of his community and was identified with Coshocton for a quarter of a century. All Coshocton and hundreds of people elsewhere in the county and state knew and loved this genial, great hearted man. He had the rare quality, not only of making friends, but of keeping them, and to be his friend was to command that which he possessed, whether it was much or little. He was generous, almost to a fault, and always felt that it was more blessed to give than to receive. He was respected by those who were his political enemies, admired by his friends, adored by his family and honored by all who knew him.

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

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