Ohio Biographies

Glenn R. Sloan

In any district in which are centered such large and important industrial activities as are to be noted in Lawrence County, there is imperative demand that the office of county sheriff be entrusted a man of discrimination, circumspection, inflexible purpose and personal courage adequate to meeting all contingencies and emergencies. Lawrence County at the present time is signally favored in having as its sheriff one of her native sons who is fully alive to and capable of handling the duties of his office of sheriff, and the administration of Mr. Sloan is proving most acceptable, even as it is showing his inviolable intention of preserving law and order under all conditions and circumstances. Sheriff Sloan is a young man of distinctive executive ability and sterling character, and his genial personality has gained and retained to him the stanchest of friends, though malfactors within his assigned province have reason to realize that he shows neither fear nor favor in the exercise of his official prerogatives.

Glenn R. Sloan was born in the little village of Arabia, Lawrence County, Ohio, on the 15th of July, 1880, and is a son of James M. and Amy (Powell) Sloan, both representatives of honored pioneer families of Lawrence County. James M. Sloan was born at Ironton, the judicial center of this county, in 1858, and his wife was born at Arabia, this county, in 1861. James M. Sloan is a miller by vocation and he and his wife now reside at Springfield, this state. Of the two children the present sheriff of Lawrence County is the elder; Marie is the wife of Stanley Pierce, of Denver, Colorado, and they have two children, Emerson and Elizabeth.

In his native county Glenn R. Sloan was reared to maturity, and here he continued to attend the public schools until he had attained to the age of nineteen years, after which he pursued for one year higher academic studies in the normal university at Lebanon, this state. He became one of the efficient and popular representatives of the pedagogic profession in Lawrence County, and was successfully engaged in teaching in the public schools from 1899 until 1907, in which latter year he was appointed deputy sheriff of his native county. This position he retained about six years, or until his election to the office of sheriff, his able and discriminating service in the subordinate capacity having rendered him a logical candidate for advancement to the full responsibilities of the higher post. In 1913 Mr. Sloan was elected sheriff of Lawrence County, and his administration has most fully justified the popular franchise which gave him the preferment. One incident worthy of mention in his present capacity is the fact that he had Harley Beard under arrest six hours after it was reported that the Massie family, mother, daughter and son, had been killed at their home on Greasy Ridge, twenty-two miles from Ironton. Beard is now under sentence of death. Mr. Sloan is unwavering in his allegiance to the republican party and in his home county has been an active worker in behalf of the party cause. Both he and his wife are popular factors in representative social activities at Ironton, where their circle of friends is coincident with that of their acquaintances. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity Sheriff Sloan has completed the circle of the York Rite, in which his maximum affiliation is with the Ironton commandery of Knights Templar. In his home city he is affiliated also with the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Knights of the Golden Eagle.

On the 2d of February, 1905, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Sloan to Miss Katherine Callahan, daughter of Hugh and Margaret Callahan, well known residents of Ironton. No children have been born of this union.


From "A Standing History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region of Ohio" by Eugene B. Willard, Daniel W. Williams, George O. Newman and Charles B. Taylor.  Published by Lewis Publishing Company, 1916