McLAUGHLIN, JAMES T.W., pattern and model maker, was born in Little Britain township, Lancaster county, Pa., June 1, 1839. He is a son of Park S. and Sarah (Gorsuch)McLaughlin, natives of Lancaster county, where they have passed their whole lives. Park S. McLaughlin was a millwright, but has now retired from active business. Both parents are dead, the father aged eighty-five, the mother eighty-two years. They had eight children: James T.W., William G., killed by a fall in Philadelphia in 1888; Mary, wife of Dr. J.P. Miller, Oxford, Chester county, Pa.; Theodore, Little Britain, Pa.; Hannah, wife of George Day, Little Britain; J.Fletcher, Little Britain; Frank and Laura who died in infancy.
James T.W. McLaughlin was educated in the public schools and at Chestnut Level Academy. He learned the millwright trade with his father, and followed it for about ten years. He removed to Baltimore, Md., in 1864, and was a bookkeeper there until 1873; he then came to Harrisburg, where he has since been a continuous resident. His first engagement here was with the Harrisburg Car Company and the Foundry and Machine Works; later he was with the Jackson Manufacturing Company. Since 1884 he has been in business for himself. He was married in Delta, York county, Pa., September, 1869, to Adeline, daughter of Archibald A. and Nancy Hawkins, of Delta, Pa. They have no children. Mr. McLaughlin was school director for six years. He is secretary of the Commonwealth Building and Loan Association, deputy supreme archon, Improved Ordr of Heptasophs; secretary of Harrisburg Conclave, No. 42, I.O.H., for the past eighteen years. He is a member of Veteran Castle, K.of G.E., No. 495, and has been master of records in this body since its organization. His political views are Democratic. He and his wife are members of Ridge Avenue Methodist Episcopal church.