The subject of this sketch is one of the successful enterprising and public-spirited men of Fremont County, Wyoming. His stock farm situated about one and one-half miles northwest of Lander is one of the finest places in that valley and there he is successfully engaged in the business of raising improved grades of Hereford cattle. He is the owner of a large herd of high class stock among which are some of the most valuable animals in the state and he is looked upon as one of the leading business men in Western Wyoming. He is a native of Sacketts harbor, New York having been born there on January 27, 1849 and is the son of John and Catherine (Wright) McLaughlin, both natives of Ireland. His parents came from their native country to America in 1847 and his father followed the occupation of farming and was the son of Robert McLaughlin, a member of a well-known family of Ireland. John R. McLaughlin grew to manhood in his native state and received his early education in the public schools. Upon the completion of his school life, he secured employment as a sailor on the great Lakes and remained in that occupation for about seven years. At the end of that time he engaged in farming in the state of New York, and continued in that vocation there up to the year 1878 when he removed his residence to the state of Minnesota. Here he purchased a farm and made his home for nearly two years when he disposed of his property and removed to then territory of Wyoming. Upon his arrival in this new country he settled at once in the valley where he now resides and engaged in stockraising. In 1883 he purchased his present ranch property and has continued in the stock raising business here since that time, His place comprising about 300 acres of land is one of the most valuable pieces of property in that section. On January 27, 1876 in the state of New York, Mr. McLaughlin was united in marriage with Miss Edith A. Noble a native of the Empire state and a daughter of William and Jane A. (Payne) Noble, both being natives of that state. Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have an adopted child to bless their home life. Worden P. McLaughlin. Their home is noted for its fine western hospitality and the family are held in high esteem by a large circle of friends.