James S Fruit
Born in Jefferson Twp., Mercer County, October 17, 1849, the son of Thomas and Anna (Campbell) Fruit; attended common schools; clerked at a store in Clarksville; and attended Edinboro State Normal School; moved to Wheatland, then Hubbard, Ohio before entering the Hardware store business in Sharon, Mercer County. In 1884, James was a delegate to the Republican State Convention, and in 1886, was elected to the state House of Representatives. In Harrisburg, Representative Fruit became a mainstay on the Appropriations Committee, and in 1891 was elected chair of the same, where aggressive education funding became his chief priority. In the fall of 1892, Fruit was elected to the state Senate where he served on the Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Constitutional Reform, and the Public Health and Sanitation committees. He died in 1902.