Samuel H. Mclane

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 22, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 518-519

SAMUEL H. McLANE, who is a member of the bar of West
Virginia, has been cashier of the Clay County Bank at
Clay since 1908, and his professional training and knowledge
have materially furthered the success of his administration
of the affairs of the substantial institution with which he is

Mr. McLane was born in Barbour County, West Virginia,
March 17, 1866, and is a son of Jacob and Mary (Kelley)
McLane, both natives of Randolph County, this state, which
was at that time still an integral part of the old mother
state of Virginia. Jacob McLane’s father was William, and
the latter was a son of Daniel McLane. The family was
founded in Virginia in an early day. The maternal grand-
parents of the subject of this review were Samuel and
Nancy (Cade) Kelley. After his marriage Jacob McLane
established his residence on a farm two miles north of
Belington, Barbour County, and there he continued for
many years as one of the substantial and successful ex-
ponents of agricultural and live-stock industry. Upon his
retirement from his farm he removed to Belington, where
he now maintains his home, as one of the venerable and
honored citizens of Barbour County. He is a democrat in
political allegiance, and is a zealous member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, South, as was also his wife, whose
death occurred in 1910. Of their eight children the follow-
ing still survive the devoted mother, and of the number
Samuel H., of this sketch, is the eldest; Haning F. is a
farmer in the State of Nevada; Charles L. resides at Elkins,
West Virginia, and is a railway clerk on the line between
that point and Grafton; Fleming is a farmer in the State of
Idaho; and Edwin P. is a resident of Nevada, so that only
two of the number remain in the old home state of West

Samuel H. McLane was reared on the old homestead farm
in Barbour County, and after leaving the public schools
he attended and was graduated from the State Normal
School at Fairmont, besides which he attended the Univer-
sity of West Virginia one year. He became a successful
teacher in the public schools, and in the meanwhile applied
himself diligently to the study of law, his admission to the
bar having been recorded in 1904. For the ensuing four
years he was in the employ of the Davis Trust Company at
Elkins, and he then, in 1908, assumed his present executive
office, that of cashier of the Clay County Bank, in which
he is a director. P. M. Summers is president of the bank,
J. G. Bradley is its vice president, and in addition to the
executive officers the directorate of the institution includes
also H. B. Davenport, L. H. Samples, J. F. Wilson, W. S.
Pierson and B. C. Eakle.

Mr. McLane is a democrat in polities, is a director of the
Clay County High School, is the present (1922) master of
Clay County Lodge No. 97, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, is affiliated also with the Modern Woodmen of
America, and his wife is an active member of the Baptist
Church at Clay.

In 1906 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McLane and
Miss Ella Hutton Poe, who was educated in the West Vir-
ginia Wesleyan College, at Buckhannon, and who is a
popular figure in the social and cultural activities of her
home community. Mr. and Mrs. McLane have one son,
Henry N., who was born March 31, 1909, and who is a stu-
dent in the local high school at the time of this writing, in