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Adam McCrea, eldest son of Matthew and Agnes McCrea, passed his boyhood at the home of his parents, and in the year 1837, when sixteen years of age, entered the preparatory department of Miami university, and graduated in the summer of 1842. During the latter part of his college course he read law, and when he returned to his home, entered an office for the purpose of studying for the profession; but in the spring of 1843 he abandoned the study of law to gratify the wish of his father, and entered actively in the business of farming, in which he continued until after the death of his father, in the fall of 1847 [His father's biographical sketch states that he died on September 4, 1874.]. In January, 1848, he purchased an interest in a dry goods store with N. J. Turney. This partnership existed for two years, when Mr. C. F. Machir bought out Turney's interest. The firm was then McCrea & Machir, and continued for but one year. Upon Mr. Machir's retiracy from the firm, Mr. McCrea associated with himself his brother Joseph, who remained in partnership with him for six years. After that he took his brother George into partnership, and continued to conduct business until 1871. Shortly after that Adam McCrea removed to the city of New York, where he remained for over two years. In the winter of 1873-4, he returned to Ohio, and on the first of April, 1874, became proprietor of the Pickaway House, which position he continues to occupy up to the present time.
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