McClure, Samuel Sidney
- Robert L. Gale
McClure, Samuel Sidney (17 February 1857–21 March 1949), editor and publisher, was born in Frocess, County Antrim, Ireland, the son of Thomas McClure, a farmer and then a Glasgow shipyard worker, and Elizabeth Gaston. McClure, the eldest of four sons, was very bright, loved school, and read voraciously. His father was killed in a shipyard accident when the boy was eight. A year later his mother migrated with her sons to Indiana, where four of her siblings were living. She married a farmer in Valparaiso in 1867 and had four more children. McClure enjoyed high school, but when his stepfather died in 1873, he and his brothers returned to work the farm. In 1874 he entered Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was enrolled for eight years, interrupted by work and a trip home to Ireland with his mother. While in college, he edited the ...