James H. McLean,
inventor of the "McLean Rocker," Vevay, was born in Pennsylvania in 1832. His
father, William S. was born in the same State in 1796, and died in 1858, having been by trade a
cabinet-maker. His mother, Lucy Nelson, was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., in
1801, and died in 1874. Mr. McLean obtained an education in the common branches of study
only. In 1851 he married Miss Martha J. Aaron, who was born in Kentucky in 1834, and ten
children were born to them, four dying in infancy. The living are: Mary
Carrie, Lucy E., James E. John H. and Bertie M. In his early life Mr.
McLean was engaged on
the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers as engineer and pilot in which
occupation he continued up to 1863. From that date to 1870 he was employed by N.
W. Casey & Bro., coal miners, as superintendent. In 1870 he
began the furniture business, in which he is still engaged. Mr. McLean invented his celebrated rocker
in 1874, and in 1885 he was instrumental in organizing a company and procuring the necessary
machinery for the manufacture of that and other chairs at Vevay. He is a member of the I.O.O.F.,
G.T., S. of T., and Methodist Episcopal Church, and a man of business capacity and