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O'Hara, William Gordon

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O'Hara, William Gordon
March 12, 2007 09:48PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30, 1901,
reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical Society.
[Grant Co.]

WILLIAM GORDON O'HARA. No young man in Grant County has won a great
meed of success in the business world than William Gordon O'Hara, the eldest
son of Charley O'Hara, of Dry Ridge. His father, who is now nearly four
score years of age, came to this county from Ireland when only a lad and
early cast his fortunes with the pioneers of Grant County. He contracted
a marriage with Miss Anna Nichols, and Will is the oldest son and second
child as the fruits of that marriage. Born May 13, 1864, in the village
of Dry Ridge, and in the house in which his father and mother yet abide,
he attended the common schools of the neighborhood and the village and the
Select High School of Williamstown and secured an excellent education.
For a few years he was in the hardware business as a clerk for H. C.
Musselman and R. H. Elliston & Co., but soon branched out for himself as
fire insurance agent, which occupation he has followed closely for the
past 15 years. By good business methods and close application to business
he has built up one of the largest fire insurance agencies in Kentucky, his
clientage extending from Georgetown in Scott County to the confines of
Covington and Newport, and from Falmouth on the east to Owenton on the
west. In the fifteen years he has been in business he has written millions
of dollars in risks and has paid more than $100,000 in losses, and there
has never been a lawsuit over any risk he has written, certainly a record
of which to be justly proud.
W. G. O'Hara is almost as good a politician as he is an insurance
agent. Somehow the two trades or pursuits seem to go together. He is at
present the Chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Grant County,
and while he has never been a candidate for office, he has been in the
thick of many a hard fought fight for his friends of his party.
He contracted a marriage with Miss Lena Simmons, daughter of the late
Judge W. T. Simmons, on the 18th day of December, 1889. He has two lovely
children, Kenneth and Willena. He owns a beautiful home on North Main
Street, and is one of the most active and progressive of the young
business men of Williamstown.

O'Hara Nichols Musselman Elliston Simmons

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