Residence, 7417 Carnegie Avenue; office, Bangor Building, Cleveland. Born in North Woodbury, Morrow County, Ohio, February 16, 1863. Son of John and Emily (Singrey) Spear. Married to Hortense Chapin (deceased, 1912); two children: John C. and Marian H. Later married to Mrs. Ella T. Webster. Attended country schools; Chesterville High School; received degrees of Ph. B. and A.M. from Illinois Wesleyan University; attended University of Chicago. Principal of Bucyrus High School two years; Superintendent of Schools in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, twelve years. Admitted to the bar of Ohio, June 1896; later, United States District Court. Practiced law in Mt. Gilead a short time; moved to Cleveland, August, 1909, and became a member of the firm of Spear, Mills, Knight & Godfrey, which partnership continued until January 1, 1919. In 1920 he became associated with his son, John C. Spear, and W. R. Godfrey, under the firm name of Spear, Godfrey & Spear. Member City Club; Chamber of Commerce; I.0.0.F.; K. of P.; Masonic Order; Cleveland Bar Association; Vice President Ohio State Bar Association, Judge Probate Court of Morrow County, Ohio, 1903 to 1909. Independent politically.
Bench and Bar of Northern Ohio, Hon. William B. Neff, editor, Historical Publishing Co., Cleveland, 1921.