Historical and Biographical Work, or Past and Present of Clinton County, Exhibit Q-____
compliments of Arthur Bielfelt, from his research at Western Reserve Historical Society, October 2002.
Hon. James C. Quiggle.
"Hon. James C. Quiggle was born at Lock Haven, December 29th, 1851.He is a son of the late Hon. James W. Quiggle; his mother, who still survives, being a sister of Judge C. A. Mayer.In 1845 his parents removed to Philadelphia, and in 1859 he accompanied them to Antwerp, Belgium, his father being United States consul at that port, where he sojourned for about two years and a half, and attended French and German Schools.In November 1861, he returned to Philadelphia with his parents, where he resided, and attended school and commercial college.He was intended for the law, and was regularly entered as a student in the court of common pleas of Philadelphia, but after reading about a year he was compelled to abandon seeking a profession, owing to defective eyesight.In October, 1871, before he was twenty years of age, he was tendered the office of United States consular agent at Cornwall, Can., which he accepted, serving until March 10th, 1872, when he resigned.In 1873 he removed to his father's farm in Wayne township, this county, where he has since resided (except while in Canada), engaged in agriculture and lumbering pursuits.In 1876 he was selected to fill an important position in the office of the chief secretary of the United States centennial commission at Philadelphia, which he held for five months.He has been treasurer and auditor of Wayne township, and in February, 1879, he was unanimously elected justice of the peace, and served until September 1st, 1887, when he resigned to accept the post of United States consul at Port Stanley and St. Thomas, Can., to which he had been appointed by President Cleveland on August 31st, 1887, which office he held until April 19th, 1890, when he was superseded for purely political reasons by the Harrison administration, he having represented his country so acceptably as to call forth the commendation of the department of state in a special dispatch, thanking him for the satisfactory and economical manner in which he conducted the business of his office.Before his return from Canada he was unanimously re-elected justice of the peace for Wayne township for five years from may, 1890, but resigned December 1st, 1890.In August, 1890, he was nominated by acclamation for member of assembly by the Democratic convention of Clinton county, and elected in November following over Captain James W. Fredericks, Republican, and served in the legislature as a member of committees on ways and means, federal relations, manufacturers and bureau of statistics.Mr. Quiggle has always been a consistent Democrat, and taken an active interest in politics.He has been a delegate to county conventions, and in 1895 to the Democratic state convention, and five years he was a member of the Democratic standing committee of Clinton county; in 1884 serving as its secretary.On February 23d, 1882, he was married by the Rev. Joseph Nesbitt to Miss Ella L. Quiggle, eldest daughter of Jacob Quiggle, Esq., of Pine Station, but who, though of the same name, is only distantly related."