D. J. McADAM, professor of mathematics in Washington and Jefferson College, is a native of the Buckeye State, born August 2, 1843, in Moorefield township, Harrison county, a son of John and Susan (Dunlap) McAdam, worthy farming people of that township; the latter a daughter of John and Nancy Dunlap, of Harrison county. They were the parents of children as follows: Nancy, Eliza and Mary (Mrs. John Compher), deceased; Sarah, Mrs. John Lewis; Rebecca, Mrs. Samuel Willoughby; George; D. J. and Margaret (Mrs. James Glascow). The mother of this family departed this life in 1849, and for his second wife Mr. McAdam married, in 1851, Harriet Linn, of Harrison county, Ohio, by whom there was no issue. Mr. McAdam died in 1852; he had been a consistent member of the Union Church from his youth up, and for some years was an elder in the same; politically he was a straight Democrat, socially a man of public spirit and enterprise, popular and generally respected.
D. J. McAdam was reared to farm work, his education being had at the common schools of his native township, where he proved an apt and diligent scholar and from early life he evinced a strong penchant for study and literature. After leaving school, he spent one year in Franklin college, and then entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he graduated with honor in 1868. His education being now completed, he assumed the role of educator, his first school being at Harlem Springs, Carroll Co., Ohio, whence, after a year he came to Canonsburg, this county, in which learned town he remained one year, in the capacity of tutor. He then moved to Cadiz, Ohio, and entered the office of Lawyer Estep, with whom he remained one year, at the end of which time he was appointed principal of the schools of Carrollton, Ohio, his incumbency covering three years; the public schools at that place had just been opened, and the work of grading, by virtue of his position, fell on him. In 1873 our subject accepted the chair of Latin in Washington and Jefferson College, but at the end of one year was transferred to the chair of mathematics, in the same college, which he now fills.
On July 8, 1875, Prof. McAdam was married to Kate, daughter of Capt. Alexander Wishart, of Washington, Penn., and four children were the result of this union, as follows: Alexander (deceased), Dunlap, John and Kate. His wife died May 8, 1882. Our subject married in May, 1888, Rebecca, daughter of John D. Braden, and two children have come to further bless their home - Braden and George. Prof. McAdam, in his political associations, is an ardent Democrat, and in religion is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington.
Text taken from page 626 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed February 1998 by Bettie Morrow of Bethel Park, PA as part of the Beers Project.
Published February 1998 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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