James L. Price was born in Carroll County, Ohio, March 27, 1840. He attended the common schools in the country, which was followed by several years' attendance at an academic institution near Hagerstown, Carroll County, as a preparatory step to entering college. The latter idea was abandoned, however, and in 1859 he commenced the study of law with Gen. E.R. Eckley, and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1861, at Cadiz, Ohio, and immediately began the practice of law at Carrolton, Ohio. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Carroll County in 1862, and served two years. In April, 1865, he removed to VAn Wert, where he continued to remain. In 1868 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Van Wert County, and held that office six years, having been twice re-elected. During his residence in Van Wert he was also President of the Board of Educatino of that city for ten years. Recognizing the broad views held by him upon all questions of public interest and importance to the nation, as well as his wide popularity, the Republican party of the Sixth Congressional District nominated him for Congress in 1878, his opponent being Hon. W.D. Hill. Though the district was strongly Democratic, Mr. Price made an effective race and won many friends. He is an able lawyer, brilliant public speaker, quick in comprehending a point, and has peculiar ability in explaining his thought upon any question. Mr. Price has been twice married. His first wife was Martha Guinney, whom he married in Harrison County, Ohio, January 1, 1862, and who died in Van Wert, August 13, 1866. His second wife was Elizabeth Marshall, to whom he was united March 8, 1868. He has one son living, Charles, aged 18 years.



History of Van Wert and Mercer counties, Ohio, R. Sutton, 1882