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History of Ashtabula County, Ohio

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of its
Pioneers and Most Prominent Men.
by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers -
1878
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S. A. Northway
HON. STEPHEN A. NORTHWAY.  To rank well among honorable men is an honor.  Prominent among the lawyers of the county stands the name of Stephen A. Northway.  In many respects he may be regarded as a product of the Western Reserve; for, although he was born in Lafayette, Onondaga county, New York, June 19, 1833, his parents, Orange and Maria Northway, came to Ohio in July, 1840, and his subsequent life has been spent here.
     In his boyhood he had the usual trials and experiences of those young men whose parents settled on the heavy-timbered clay-land of Orwell.  His home was two and a half miles from a school-house, but he secured a good common-school education, and after attending one term in Kingsville academy, he commenced teaching.  Orwell academy was built in 1850, and he continued his studies there.  For years he was one of the most successful common-school teachers, and by teaching during the winter he earned the means for prosecuting his studies.
     As a student and a teacher he exhibited the same enthusiasm and tact which made him eminent as a lawyer.  At the academy he labored well and wisely.  He was regarded as a dangerous adversary in debate.  His close and accurate methods of thought were accompanied by clear and incisive language, and these were joined to the deportment so genial and a manner so gentlemanly that he was sure to be victorious, even when he was defeated.
     In the spring of 1858 he began the study of law with Messrs. Chaffee & Woodbury, and in September, 1859, he was admitted to the bar.
     In the fall of 1861 he was elected prosecuting attorney for the county, and in 1863 he was re-elected to the same office.  He resigned this office in the fall of 1865, to be elected a member of the State house of representatives.  After serving the county for one term he gave the whole of his attention to the practice of his chosen profession.  The fact that he is retained on nearly or quite one-half of the cases on the county docket indicates the degree of confidence reposed in his ability and integrity.
     Possessing a wonderful adaptability of mind, a power to confine his attention to one of the "fitness of things," a happy faculty of illustration, an unbounded faith in his convictions of what is right and wrong, and an eloquence nourished by a generous heart, he is at once a technical lawyer and a powerful advocate.
     In January, 1862, he was married to Miss Lydia A. Dodge, of Lenox, a worthy and intellectual academic school-mate and companion.  Of their two children, one, Clara L., is still living, and is eleven years of age.
     From early manhood Mr. Northway was a thoroughgoing anti-slavery man.  He joined the Republican party at its first formation, and has acted with it ever since, rendering valuable aid in every State and national canvass.
     His mother is living with his elder brother, Frank A. Northway, at Lawrence, Kansas.  His youngest sister, Mrs. Rhoda M. Sibley, is living at Bernardino, Colorado.
Source: 1798 History of Ashtabula County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers and Most Prominent Men by Publ. Philadelphia - Williams Brothers - 1878 - Page  92

 

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