HON. HUGH THOMPSON MATHERS
judge of the Third Common Pleas Judicial District of Ohio, is numbered with the eminent men of a state which has long been productive of distinguished citizens. He
was born May 20, 1866, at Sidney, in Shelby county, O., and is a son of Hon. John H. and Elizabeth (Thompson) Mathers.
For several generations the Mathers family has been prominent in Ohio and still farther back was also honorably connected with public affairs, in Pennsylvania. James Mathers, the paternal grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania and there became a leading member of the bar and served in the state senate, his death occurring on the old family estate in Juniata county. He married Jane Hutchinson, a daughter of John Hutchinson, who was a well-known Presbyterian minister,
Hon. John Mathers was born in 1830 in Juniata county, Pa., and he, as his father before him, became prominent in the law, and came to Sidney when this place was the head of navigation on the canal. He served as district attorney of Juniata county, Pa., and as prosecuting attorney of Shelby county. He was a man of brilliant talents but died in middle life, in 1875, when aged but forty-five years. He married Elizabeth Thompson, a daughter of Hugh Thompson, and she survives, having been bom in 1845 and married in 1864. Her father was born at Upper Middletown, six miles from Uniontown, Pa., and came early to Sidney and established himself as a merchant. He was shortly afterward elected associate judge of the court of common pleas and served two terms and then turned his attention to the study of law and for many years was a successful practitioner. He became prominent also in public life and served two terms as a member of the state legislature and was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1851. His death occurred in 1889, when he was aged eighty-one years. He married Lucretia Bailey, who was born near Baltimore, Md., and died in her
seventy-third year. To the parents of Judge Mathers three children were born: Hugh, Jane, who is the wife of E. S. Laughlin, a merchant and traveling salesman; and Lucretia, who is the wife of Dr. Henry Baldwin, who is superintendent of the Tuberculosis Hospital at Springfield, O.
Hugh Thompson Mathers attended the public schools of Sidney and after graduating from the high school, became a student at Princeton University, and in the class graduated from the Albany Law School in 1888, was one of its tour honor men, who delivered the class addresses. He came immediately to Sidney and in the same summer was admitted to the bar at Columbus, O., opening his law office at Sidney and shortly afterward was elected city solicitor. He served two terms in that office, at the close of his second term accepting the position of general attorney for the Ohio Southern Railroad, with office at Springfield. When the Ohio Southern became a part of the C..A. & C. Railroad. Judge Mathers removed to Cleveland for one year, and when the above road became a part of the L. E. & W. system Judge Mathers returned to Sidney. Here he was engaged in active practice until 1901, becoming the leader of the Sidney bar, when he was elected to fill a vacancy on the common pleas bench and served for three years, at the expiration of which period he was elected to the full term of five years and it was extended one year to meet the requirements of a constitutional provision. At the expiration of his six years of service in 1910 he was elected for six years more and continues honorably and faithfully to perform the judicial duties for which he seems so well qualified by nature. He possesses the well balanced and discerning mind so important to the jurist and the records of the court show the ability and patient and conscientious thoroughness with which he has administered the office.
In 1889 Judge Mathers was married to Miss Louise Beeson, a daughter of Charles and Amanda (Baily) Beeson, and they have two children: Hugh Beeson and Jeanette. Judge Mathers and family are members of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is a democrat and was nominated, in 1906, as candidate for judge of the supreme court of Ohio, and again in 1908. Fraternally he is a Mason, in which organization he has attained the thirty-second degree. No man in public life in Shelby
county stands higher in the esteem of his fellow citizens.