James  Magill

           James Magill,  business manager and senior proprietor of the  Shelby Times,  is a native of Ireland, where he was born April 4, 1839.  He is the son of  Edward and Mary (Cauthers) Magill.  He grew to manhood in his native country, receiving there a national school education.  In 1861, he emigrated to America, landing at New York, where he remained three months.  He then came to Cincinnati, where he lived four years, thence removing to Butler County, Ohio, where he was married to  Miss Martha Barnett.  In 1868, he came to Shelby County, and rented a farm east of Shelbyville about two miles.  Upon the election of  Albert McCorkle  to the Sheriff's office, Mr. Magill was appointed Deputy, and at the death of his chief he was advanced by the Commissioners to the position of Sheriff.  His term only lasted one month.  From 1880 to 1882, he served as Deputy under  James L. Brown.  In 1884, he received the nomination of his party for Sheriff and was elected. In 1886, his term expired, and he immediately took control of the  J[?]r Times,  with which he has since been connected.   In February, 1880, he suffered the bereavement of losing his beloved wife.  To their union seven children were born, of whom six are now living,  Mary,  Martha,  Ida B.,  James,  Margaret J.  and  Annie L.  May 9, 1883, his and  Belle McDougal's  nuptials were celebrated.  By his last wife he has two children,  Katie and  Ethel.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity.  In politics he has always been an ardent Democrat, and has always worked hard for the success of his party.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches,"  page 505.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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