HON. ROBERT MACKEY, whose portrait accompanies this article, was one of the prominent men produced by Youngstown
township, where the greater part of his long and useful life was spent. He belonged to a prominent pioneer family
of this section and was born in the historic old Mackey homestead in Mahoning County, Ohio, in October, 1832, and
was a son of James and Margaret (Early) Mackey. The Mackey family history will be found in this work in the sketch
of James Mackey, brother of Robert Mackey.
After completing his education Robert Mackey became interested in developing the coal land on his own farm, but
subsequently gave his main attention to farming and stock raising. Following in the footsteps of his father, he
became a factor in political life, and in 1877 he was elected a member of the state legislature and served one
term, after which he resumed his agricultural pursuits and also gave attention to affairs of a public spirited
In association with his brothers, James and David Mackey, he projected the first street railroad at Youngstown,
it being constructed in 1875. It was operated by horses until the installation of electricity, and it marked the
beginning of a large amount of Youngstown's prosperity. In many ways his intelligence, judgment and capital were
used to benefit his fellow citizens, and he is recalled by them with consideration and esteem.
On December to, 1868, Robert Mackey was married to Kate M. Martin, daughter of Hugh R. and Dorcas (Blackburn) Martin,
who were natives of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Mackey's parents came to Ohio and settlers in Springfield
township, Mahoning County, just across the line from Poland township, and there Mrs. Mackey was reared. Immediately
following their marriage, Robert Mackey and wife settled on the old Mackey homestead, where Mrs. Mackey still resides.
The residence was built several years prior to 1856, when the father of the late Mr. Mackey bought the farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Mackey had four children, namely: Frank, who resides with his mother and manages the farm; Emma, who
also resides with her mother, and who is the widow of Fred C. McCombs, who was assistant superintendent of the
Lowell furnace, and was accidentally killed six months after his marriage; Robert and George, both of whom died
while their father was serving in the legislature, their deaths occurring from diphtheria, but three days apart.
The death of Robert Mackey occurred November 11, 1893.
Mr. Mackey was one of the pioneer movers in having the county seat moved from Canfield to Youngstown. He was also
a member of the Mill Creek Park Commission and gave much of his time and attention to bringing the Park into public
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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