Born in Dayton, Ohio. Married Norma Jean Monnin August 6, 1960. They have two sons and two daughters. Received B.S. from the University of Dayton in 1960 and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1965. Professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton (OH) after 1965 and department chairman 1976 to 1988.
McCloskey began collecting at age eleven. He collected early half dimes, dimes and quarters by die variety. He was a founding member of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1974. He has served as president of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club and editor of The Gobrecht Journal after August 1975. He raised the money to publish The Gobrecht Journal - Collective Volume Number One in 1980. He also published collective volume two in 1985 and volume three in 1990.
Vice president of the John Reich Collectors Society after 1985. Co-author with Davis et. al. of Early United States Dimes 1796-1837.
As a golfer, he scored seven holes-in-one. As a hiker he climbed 32 peaks over 14,000 feet.
bio: correspondence, 1991;AMWS 92
profile: CW:CP 7/18/1990
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"America's Federal Gold Coinage 1795-1933" by John W. McCloskey. Pamphlet to accompany color slides. Published by the American Numismatic Society, whose coins are featured within.
This booklet was originally distributed by the American Numismatic Society with a set of color slides, which may be viewed at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/imagecollection/512705.