His father, John Sinclair, was a noted lawyer of Woodsfield, Ohio, at which place the subject of our sketch received his education, attending the public schools, and subsequently the high school until he reached the age of seventeen years.
For a time he was employed as a clerk in the county offices, and later as a clerk in the general freight office of the O. C. R. R. company, at Columbus.
Leaving Columbus, Mr. Sinclair went to Rosemond, Ill., where for a time he was a clerk in a general store.
Returning to Woodsfield, he enlisted June 19, 1863, in the army, and at the organization of his company, August 11, 1863, he was elected second lieutenant, Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry.
served with his
regiment in Kentucky and east Tennessee, under Gen.
Burnsides, and was mustered out March 5, 1864.
After the war he
studied law in Woodsfield, and was admitted to practice at the September term of court in 1866.
Subsequently he entered the employ of Laughlin Brothers of Wheeling, and later became connected with R. E. Sellers & Co., of Pittsburgh.
In 1871 Mr. Sinclair became a member of the firm of Smiths, Sinclair & Co., of Wheeling, and afterward of the firm of Howell, Paull & Sinclair, of Wheeling, and afterward of the firm of Howell, Paull & Sinclair, of the same city.
In 1878 he
came to Benwood and engaged in the retail drug business.
was elected to the legislature in 1880, and was re-elected in 1886.
During the term of his
introduced several important bills, and took part in the debates of the house.
His parents were John
and Mary A. (Adams) Sinclair, who were married, April 15, 1831, in Belmont county, Ohio.
The great-grandfather, John Sinclair, was born in Scotland.