James Hood Hornor

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 276-277
Harrison County

JAMES HOOD HORNOR is a veteran of the Spanish-Amer-
ican war, and prior to that and since has been an unusually
active and enterprising factor in the business life of Har-
rison County. His home is at Lumberport, and nearly
all the years of his life have been passed at or near that

He is a son of James D. and Elizabeth Florence (Hood)
Hornor. A brief record of his father’s career appears on
other pages. James H. Hornor was bora at Lumberport
May 13, 1872. As a boy there he attended public schools
and later finished his education at the Northwest Academy
at Clarksburg. His early experiences after leaving school
were as a merchant at Lumberport and then at Clarks-
burg. He had the rather unusual experience of serving
as assistant postmaster both at Clarksburg and at Fairmont.

Later he returned to Lumberport and was in the flouring
mill business. He left his post in that industry at the be-
ginning of the Spanish-American war in 1898 to volunteer
his services. He became second lieutenant in Company
E, of the First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and was
with his regiment in camp duty until the close of hostilities.
He then resumed his connections with the flouring mill
business at Shinnston, and a few years later sold out and
organized the Hornor Hardware Company at Lumberport.
This was a business continued under his personal direction
for five years. He sold Out in 1910, and since then has
had charge of the Lumberport Gas Company, of which he
is treasurer and manager. Mr. Hornor is also a stock-
holder and director in several other business corporations.

In 1905 he married Miss Minnie K. Lowe, daughter of
Benjamin F. and Sarah M. (Higinbotham) Lowe, of Shinn-
ston. Mr. Hornor is a democrat, and is a Royal Arch
and thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.