Joseph H. McClinton was sheriff and ex-officio collector of Benton County, as well as a real estate agent in Bentonville. He was a native of Richland County, Ohio, born in 1840, and was the son of Hugh and Sarah (Black) McClinton. Hugh McClinton was born near Baltimore, Maryland, in 1803, was of Scotch-Irish extraction, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1821, he went to Richland County, Ohio, with his father, John McClinton, who was a native of Ireland, and who immigrated to the United States previous to the Revolutionary War, and served as a soldier in the same. He died in 1846, at about the age of ninety years. Hugh McClinton was married in Richland County, Ohio, and in 1828 moved to Morrow County, of the same State, where he resided until his death. His wife, Sarah Black, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1808 and was of Irish extraction. She died in 1879, and was the mother of seven children.
Joseph H. was educated in his native state, and at the age of twenty began teaching school and continued this profession six terms. In 1859, he went to Lamar County, Texas, and taught school. In 1861, he became a resident of Bentonville. and in that same year he enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Regiment Arkansas Infantry, and was afterward transferred to Company F, Thirty-Fourth Regiment Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States Army, and was elected first lieutenant of the company. He was in the battles of Wilson's Creek, Prairie Grove and Helena. He served until July, 1865, when he surrendered at Fort Smith. He afterward taught three terms of school. In 1867, he was hired as a salesman to A. W. Dinsmore, and sold goods for five years. In 1872, he went to Galion, Ohio, where he and his brother James ran a machine shop, but at the end of four years sold out and returned to Bentonville, where he resumed his clerkship.
In 1878, he was elected sheriff and ex-officio collector of Benton County, and in 1880 he was re-elected, serving for four years. He was a good officer and filled the position to the satisfaction of all. In 1881, he married Miss Sallie B. Bryant, a native of La Porte, Indiana, born in 1845. They had one adopted child, Josie. In 1886, Mr. McClinton and C. R. Bruce became partners in the real estate, loan and insurance business, and the next year they dealt in real estate exclusively. McClinton also assisted in collecting the tax of Benton County. in connection with his other business. He was a Democrat in politics; was a Master Mason; his wife was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
In about 1906, he entered the Old Confederate Home in Little Rock. He died in 1908 and is buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery.
Adapted from Goodspeed History of Benton County - 1889