following sketches preceding that of General John Crowell,
have been furnished by Jefferson Palm, Esq., of Warren.
Sketches of members of the present bar have been prepared by
say nothing in disparagement of Trumbull county's bar as it is
now, in the early history of the State and county it had none
superior in the West. Early, Benjamin Tappan and
Edwin M. Stanton practiced at Warren. A little later
Andrew W. Loomis, Joshua R. Giddings, Rufus P. Spalding, John
Crowell, Benjamin F. Wade, Rufus P. Spalding, John Crowell,
Benjamin F. Wade, Rufus P. Ranney, Van R. Humphrey, Peter
Hitchcock, and others of little less distinction, made their
mark and reputation in Trumbull county. What bar in the
State can boast of such a galaxy of names? We do not
intend to omit the distinguished gentlemen, Elisha Whittlesey
and Eben Newton, but complete sketches of them, together
with Governor David Tod, will appear in another part of
A volume could be written and read with profit
concerning each of the learned gentlemen named above. Most
of them have passed away, but their memories are cherished and
dear to the members of Trumbull county's present learned and
The city of Warren has the distinction of furnishing four judges
of the Supreme Court of Ohio, namely, Calvin Pease, Matthew
Birchard, Rufus P. Ranney and Milton Sutliff, and
outside of the city, in Trumbull county, one more, George Tod.
Of the first named, Judge Pease, we ought, in justice to
his memory, speak more fully than of some of the others, because
he was in all respects a pioneer in Ohio, in putting on, and
wearing with credit to himself and the State, the judicial
Among the lawyers who at an early day emigrated from
the State of Connecticut to the Western Reserve, and afterwards
attained great distinction was Calvin Pease, the subject
of this brief sketch. He was born at Suffield, in the
county of Hartford, and State of Connecticut, on the 9th day of
September, 1776. The place of his birth was originally
under the jurisdiction of the State of Massachusetts, but was
annexed to Connecticut in 1752. It is not known whether
the distinguished judge, in his youth, received any other
education than the schools of his native town afforded. He
studied law in the office of his brother-in-law, the late
Gideon Granger, who was Postmaster-general under Thomas
Jefferson. Benjamin Tappan, who was
distinguished as a United States Senator form Ohio, was his
fellow-student. Mr. Granger, who is well known as a
very able man, died at his residence in Canandaigua, Ontario
county, New York, on the 31st day of December, 1822.
The young Pease, after completing his studies,
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was admitted to the bar in Hartford county, Connecticut, in
1798, and commenced the practice of the law in New Hartford, in
that State, where he was quite successful; but being desirous of
going West, where young men make fortune and reputation, he
removed to Ohio. He first settled at Youngstown, then in
Trumbull county, and was the first postmaster of that town,
which office he held until he removed to Warren in 1803.
He was admitted to practice law by the general court of the
territory northwest of the Ohio river, in Marietta, on the third
Tuesday of October, 1800. At the same time GEorge Tod
(father of the late Governor Tod), John S. Edwards,
Samuel Huntington, and Benjamin Tappan were also
The first court of common pleas and general quarter
sessions held on the Western Reserve was at Warren, Aug. 25,
1800. At the term Mr. Pease was appointed clerk and
George Tod prosecuting attorney. This court was not
exactly held in the "vast temple of the firmament," for it sat
between two corn-cribs, with split logs thrown across for a
roof, on the southwest corner of Main and South street, very
nearly the place where the Cleveland & Mahoning depot now
stands, in said city.
At the first session of the Legislature, held at
Chillicothe, after the admission to Ohio into the Federal Union,
Mr. Pease was elected president judge of the court of
common pleas, which was then the third circuit, composed of the
counties of Washington, Belmont, Jefferson, Columbiana, and
Trumbull, which office he held, and the duties of which he
discharged, with marked ability, until the 4th day of March,
1810, when he sent in his resignation to Governor Huntington.
At the time of his election he was not quite twenty-seven years
The office was afterwards tendered to David Abbott,
Thomas D. Webb, Mr. Potter, Peter Hitchcock, John S. Edwards,
and Mr. Austin; but on the 14th of March, 1810, he sent a
commission to Sampson King. Surely these men
belonged to a past generation, as such indifference to office is
not characteristic of the present day. They were all
honorable men - distinguished in their profession - and rest in
graves their descendants are proud to keep green.
Judge Pease was married in 1804 to Miss Laura
G. Risley, of Washington city. She was an estimable
lady, and by her exemplary and faithful discharge of every duty
- domestic, social, and religious - made his home pleasant,
which was proverbial for hospitality.
After leaving the common pleas bench, and a short
vacation, he was elected by the Legislature one of the judges of
the supreme court. He entered upon his duties in 1816.
During his term of office as judge of the court of common pleas,
many interesting questions to the legal profession were
presented for adjudication. Among them was the
constitutionality of some portions of an act of the Legislature,
passed in 1805, defining the duties of justices of the peace.
He held and decided that so much of the fifth section of said
legislative act as gave justices of the peace jurisdiction
exceeding the sum of $20, and so much of the twenty-ninth
section of said act as prevented plaintiff from recovering costs
in actions commenced by original writs in the court of common
pleas, for sums between $20 and $50, were repugnant to the
Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the
State of Ohio, and therefore null and void.
The grounds of the decision that created the
excitement, which was intense, were that sections five and
twenty-nine of the act of 1805 were in conflict with the seventh
amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which
provides that in suits at common law, where the amount in
controversy exceeds the sum of $20, the right of trial by jury
shall be preserved; and the eighth section of the constitution
of Ohio, which declares that the right of trial by jury shall be
The clamor and abuse to which this decision gave rise,
was not in the least diminished or mitigated by the fact that it
was concurred in by a majority of the judges of the supreme
Judges Huntington and Tod. Nothing
could furnish more conclusive evidence of a clear and vigorous
mind, of unbending integrity and judicial independence, than the
prompt and fear less manner with which, after he and a majority
of the court had arrived at the conclusion that the act before
mentioned was unconstitutional, they pronounced and maintained
their decision. Popular fury was wholly impotent to make
the majority of the court hesitate or falter or turn Judge
Pease or his associates aside from the faithful discharge
of their duty. He cared noth
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The Hon. Matthew Birchard was born in Becket,
Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1804. His parents were Nathan
and Mercy (Ashley) Birchard, and he was the seventh of ten
children born to them. The family is of English
extraction, the founder of the family being Thomas
Birchard, who arrived in Boston, Sept. 16, 1635. In
1812 his father settled in Windham, Portage county, Ohio, where
he became one of the original proprietors of that township, when
the subsequent judge was a young lad. Judge Birchard
was educated in the common schools of that period, with some
academical advantages at Boston, Portage county, and Warren,
Trumbull county. At the age of twenty years he commenced
the study of law with General Roswell Stone,
in Warren. He was admitted to the bar in 1827, and at once
entered into partner ship with the late Governor Tod,
who was admitted to the bar about the same time, under the the
firm name of Birchard & Tod.
In 1829 he was appointed postmaster at Warren, under
General Jackson's administration, which office he
held until 1833, when he to accept the position of president
judge of the court of common pleas of the circuit in which he
lived, which at that time embraced nearly the whole of the
Western Reserve. In 1836 he resigned the judgeship to
accept the office tendered him by General Jackson
of solicitor of the general land office at Washington, which
position he filled for three years. His capacity and
ability being appreciated, he retained his position until the
coming in of President Van Buren, when he was promoted to
the office of solicitor of the treasury, where he remained until
the Harrison administration came into power in 1841.
While Judge Birchard was solicitor of the
Treasury, the celebrated “Florida claims” were pressed upon the
Government, in the adjustment of which Judge Birchard
took a leading part - his management of the same being so able
and honorable that leading men of both political parties gave
him high credit.
In the autumn of 1841, upon his retirement from the
Treasury department, he married at Washington the eldest
daughter of Lieutenant William A. Weaver, of the United
States Navy, one of the survivors of the memorable engagement
between the Chesapeake and Shannon; being wounded and taken
prisoner in that action by the British. His widow and two
children survive him.
Returning to Warren he resumed his law practice with
Mr. Tod, continuing it until 1842, when he was
elected by the Legislature to the supreme bench of the State;
holding this position for seven years, being chief justice for
the last two.
At the expiration of his term on the bench he resumed
the practice of the law in Trumbull county, and continued
therein until 1853, when he was nominated by the Democratic
party for Representative in the General Assembly, and was
elected in what had been one of the strongest Whig counties in
After the expiration of his legislative term, Judge
Birchard devoted the greater portion of his time to the
practice of his profession, finding peculiar delight in the
pursuit of that which was so congenial to his feelings and
As solicitor of the land office and of the treasury, he
made an excellent record, instituting in these departments
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changes and practices, which proved to be of the highest
importance in the administration of the Government.
As a lawyer Judge Birchard ranked high in his
profession. His knowledge of the fundamental principles of
the law was exceedingly clear, whilst his tact in their
application was not surpassed by his colleagues on the bench.
His cool reflection and matured judgment made him eminently safe
as a counsellor. In the preparation of his cases he used
the greatest care. As an advocate he confined himself to
the presentation of the law and the evidence, presenting both in
a calm, lucid, and logical manner, ignoring all emotional
appeals to a jury, relying for a verdict rather on their
intelligence and good sense than on any biased appeal to their
passions or prejudices. This course he regarded as the
true mission of the advocate.
The possession of these qualities peculiarly adapted
him to the bench, and we are not surprised to find that in the
office of judge he achieved his greatest success. Being a
man of sober reflection, sound judgment, mature deliberation,
not easily swayed by prejudice or emotion, together with high
integrity, and possessing an innate perception of what
constituted justice and equity, he became a model judge.
His decisions were always made with the greatest
circumspection, prudence, and diligent research. He did
nothing hastily, but supported every decision with such copious,
standard authorities, and such sound, logical reasoning, that
they stand to-day as authority. In fact, but few of his
decisions, which were made with the majority of the court, have
In political belief and action Judge Birchard
was a Democrat of the old school, casting his lot with that
party in its earlier and palmier days —the days of Jackson,
Van Buren, and Wright. Conscientiously
believing in the principles of his party, he clung to it with
marked fidelity through all its vicissitudes; working earnestly
and faithfully for its success, always standing high in the
councils of its leaders. But not alone as a political
leader, or his ability as a judge, did the deceased stand high
in the opinion of the people. As a good citizen, a kind
neighbor, and an honest man, he had a strong hold on his fellow
He was public spirited, working for the advancement of
the educational, the religious, and material interests of the
community. His kind. ness of heart, his sympathy for the
suffering or afflicted, his generosity to the poor, and his
leniency towards his debtors, were proverbial. His word
was as good as his bond. His integrity and honesty were
never doubted at home or abroad.
Although descended from pious parents Judge Birchard
never connected himself with any church, and for many years he
regarded himself as inclined to infidelity; but was an habitual
student of the Bible and led a moral and upright life. However,
during the last six months of his life, his religious feelings
experienced a change, and his end was the quiet, cheerful,
trusting death of the Christian—of one who unreservedly trusted
to the atonement of Jesus Christ for the pardon of his
sins—looking forward with implicit confidence to the blessed
immortality of the faithful.
During the last three years of Judge
Birchard's life his health gradually declined; but he had a
wonderful tenacity of life, and an indomitable will that
resisted the attacks of disease which would long before have
undermined a less vigorous constitution. He peacefully
expired at his residence in Warren on the 16th of June, 1876.
On the 17th of June a meeting of the Trumbull county
bar was held, at which appropriate resolutions were passed, and
his funeral was attended in a body by his brethren.
The following memorial of Hon. Milton
Sutliff, for the necrology of alumni at the Commencement of
the Western Reserve college was prepared by an intimate friend
of his, in 1878, and is inserted by permission of the writer as
part of this history:
Hon. Milton Sutliff was born in
Vernon, Trumbull county, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1806. His parents
were Samuel and Ruth (Granger)
Sutliff, who removed from Hartland, Connecticut, and finally
settled in Vernon, in 1804. His father was a man of strong
sense and intelligence; of limited education, but had taught
school and understood surveying. His mother was a cousin
of Gideon Granger, Postmaster-general under She
was largely endowed
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with strong sense, resolution, and piety; was a woman of
remarkable memory and of much reading, into which largely
entered the Bible, and such as Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's
Progress. His father was a man of piety, and held the
office of deacon in the church of his neighbor hood.
Milton Sutliff was the fourth of six sons, of whom
four, including himself, became lawyers. His early
education was in the common schools, and afterwards, in
preparation for college, was with Rev. Harvey
Coe, pastor of his parents' church, and subsequently one of
the trustees of Western Reserve college. Of more than
average size, height, and strength, quick in perception and
movement, and endowed with great physical energy, he was himself
fond of athletic sports and exercises, and was a great admirer
of those who excelled in them, a trait which he retained to his
latest age. At seventeen he taught school and afterwards
went to the South, and there taught some years. Doubtless
his observations there intensified those sentments toward
slavery which characterized his later life. While there he
formed friendships and attachments which lasted to his death;
and after the war of the Rebellion, he rendered kindness to some
who had suffered from the war; and a very late act of his life,
known to the writer, was to write to a lady there, on behalf of
her mother and family, none of whom he had seen for nearly fifty
years, enclosing a check for a considerable sum of money, and
accompanying the gift with explanations of characteristic
delicacy and consideration.
Judge Sutliff entered Western Reserve
college in 1830. With his previous acquirements he accomplished
the course of two years in that college year, and graduated in
At that time slavery had begun to be more pointedly
discussed at the North, and opposition to it to assume organized
action. Its discussion entered college halls, and entered
Western Reserve college. The results of it there, at that
time, are known to the public. Judge Sutliff
had been an active and efficient participant in such
discussions. Soon after he left college he received an
agency from the Western Reserve Anti-slavery society to travel
and promulgate its sentiments. This agency he performed
faithfully for nearly nine months. He had many public
discussions, which he was very able to hold; and in December,
1833, he attended, with others, the formation of the American
Anti-slavery society at Philadelphia. But a more frequent
and favorite mode of promulgation seems to have been by private
and individual interviews, and his diary makes frequent mention
that he called upon such and such a person, conversed, and left
tracts. This undertaking does not appear to have been in
the expectation of pecuniary reward, and it could hardly have
been in the prospect of honor. He appeared to have been in
the necessity of depending upon his own resources for the
payment of his expenses.
He was admitted to the bar in Warren in August, 1834,
and directly began the practice of the law at that place.
There were giants in those days. Judge Sutliff
began the practice with such men, already established in the
field, as Giddings, the two Wades, Horace
Wilder, Samuel Wheeler; occasionally when off the
bench, Peter Hitchcock; Calvin Pease,
David Tod, John Crowell, R. P. Spaulding,
Elisha Whittlesey, Eben Newton, and
Andrew W. Loomis. Judge Sutliff soon
took high rank among them. For many years he was second to
none in the extent of his practice. In 1840 Judge
Sutliff acted with the Anti-slavery party organized for
political action. He continued this until the formation of
the Free-soil party in 1848. To the formation of this party he
largely contributed, and with it and its successor, the
Republican party, he acted until the election in 1872. In
the spring of 1850 he was nominated by the Free soil party of
Trumbull and Geauga counties, as one of the three candidates for
the Constitutional convention. The Whig and Democratic
parties, each in a minority in those counties, proposed that
each party should nominate but one candidate. The
Free-soil party declined, and the former nominated two Whigs and
one Democrat. Judge Sutliff, with an average
majority of eleven hundred and ninety-five against him, fell
short of an election by only two hundred and twenty-three votes.
In October, 1850, he was elected to the Ohio Senate.
In this place he exerted important influence, not only by his
speeches, but by his less public and more informal counsels.
He introduced joint resolutions expressive of his views of the
fugitive slave law, then recently enacted, and supported them by
a most able, learned and exhaustive argument. The result
of the discussion there had, was the passage of two joint
resolutions strongly condemning the law. At this session
Judge Wade was elected to the United States
Senate. The controversy attending this election was, at
the time, highly interesting. The views of the members
were widely divergent upon the subject. Two conventions
and thirty-seven ballotings were had before an election was
made. It was at the first evident that the candidate to be
elected must be acceptable to the Free-soil members; it also be
came very evident that such a candidate would not be presented
by the Democrats. From the first to the last they steadily
adhered to their candidate, Henry B. Payne.
The Whigs at different times presented Hiram Griswold,
Thomas Ewing, Thomas Corwin, Benjamin F. Wade, Sherlock J.
Andrews, Ebenezer Lane, and again Benjamin F. Wade.
The small minority, generally composed of the Free-soil members,
at first presented Joshua R. Giddings, and afterwards,
successively, Edward Wade, John C. Vaughn, Milton Sutliff,
Reuben Hitchcock, and Samuel Williamson. Mr. Wade was
highly objectionable to some of the Whigs on account of his anti
slavery principles, and for other reasons to one or two of the
Free-soil members, who for a long time refused to vote for him.
It was apprehended by his especial friends that some of the
Whigs would only vote for Mr. Wade when they
believed he could not be elected. The plan acted upon by
his friends was, that the Free-soil members should generally
withhold their votes from him until a sufficient number of them
would vote for him to secure his election. This was done
for several successive ballotings, till one hitherto recusant
Free-soil member signified to his colleagues his readiness to
vote for Mr. Wade, when all did so, and he was
elected. In accomplishing this result, Judge
Sutliff not merely rendered important assistance, but it is
believed that without him Mr. Wade could not have
been elected. At the same time Judge Sutliff showed
his discrimination and ability to act independent of mere party
grounds, by supporting and largely aiding the election of
Rufus P. Ranney to the supreme bench. The constitution
of 1851 put an end to Judge Sutliff's term of
office. He was never a member afterwards nor had been
before. In several notices of his life, and among others in a
register of the graduates of Western Reserve college, there is
an error in this respect. He was never, at any other time,
a candidate for the place after the accession of the Free-soil
party. He, however, at other times gave very important
assistance to particular public measures, and it is believed he
did so at the third election of Mr. Wade, and was
of great service to him there.
In 1857 Judge Sutliff was elected to the
supreme bench of Ohio. Judges of the supreme bench are
ex-officio judges of the district court, and at that time
the supreme judges usually sat and presided in the district
court. It was to the duties of the supreme court that the
qualities of Judge Sutliff most fitted him.
He had to a great degree the very important talent of applying
principles. He was thorough in research. His
opinions are logical, learned, and masterly. During his
term the cases of ex parte Bushnell and
Langston came before the judges of the supreme court at
Columbus upon a writ of habeas corpus. The case
arose upon a conviction in the United States circuit court for
Northern Ohio under the fugitive slave law. Judge
Sutliff, with Judge Brinkerhoff, dissenting
from the other three judges, held that the prisoners ought to be
discharged; and he embodied his reasons in a most able and
thorough argument. Of this opinion Mr. Sumner,
in a letter replete with expressions of admiration and
commendation of the argument, and declaring his confidence that
its doctrines were law and must finally be adopted, said: “In
delivering your opinion on this subject you have erected a
monument to yourself in the judicial history of the country.”
The question has since been settled in another manner. In
186o Judge Sutliff attended the Chicago convention
at which Mr. Lincoln was nominated. The
unfortunate rejection by the convention of a resolution offered
by Mr. Giddings, which some in the convention
thought unnecessary, and others perhaps thought little about,
will be recollected, and the leaving of the convention by Mr.
Giddings. The consideration which Mr.
Giddings received during his attendance on the convention
made it obvious how large a space he filled in the general
estimation and how important might be the consequences of his
withdrawal. Judge Sutliff saw the great
moment of the occasion and made haste to avert the danger.
Exercising the in-
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fluence of his advice and persuasion with the New York
delegation, he caused another resolution, embracing the
substance of Mr. Giddings', to be offered from
that quarter, and the convention appreciating the exigency,
immediately passed it. Mr. Giddings was
informed of the fact and returned to the convention with the
welcome of cheers and the waving of handkerchiefs; and the
breach was repaired.
At the end of his judicial term Judge Sutliff
returned to the practice of his profession, and continued
that with his other business to the end of his life. He
did not cease to take an interest in public affairs.
During all the war he took great interest in the progress of our
arms. He urged and in many ways promoted energetic and
efficient action, and was an intelligent and attentive observer
of the course of events, and of the part borne in them by the
different actors. He formed judgments of men who wished
prominent place in the service, and who sought the influence of
his recommendation to enable them to attain it. Many who
had the benefit of his influence in their favor rose to high
places, and results justified the appreciation of those he
undertook to aid. It was a favorite sentiment with him
that when the war was ended it would not be said that this
general or that statesman had accomplished it, but the American
After the war he supported the ensuing constitutional
amendments, but was in favor of a liberal policy toward the
South, and a continuance of the paper money policy which the
Government pursued during the war. He supported Horace
Greeley in 1872, and he was himself the candidate of the
Democratic party for Congress in opposition to General
Garfield. He continued the practice of law until his
death. That event occurred very suddenly on the 24th day
of April, 1878.
Judge Sutliff was a man of very
remarkable qualities. He was a man of extraordinary
ability. When aroused, and especially, speaking upon any
favorite topic, he exhibited unsurpassed power. In moments
of his inspiration the writer has heard him when it seemed as if
he spoke as never other man spake. He had a large
acquaintance with the classics, and with that highest of all
classics, the Bible. He was especially fond of
Shakespeare and Wordsworth. He had great
delicacy of sensibility, and rarely offended against good taste
or propriety. He had a lively sense of humor and of wit,
which he could use with readiness and effectively. His
friendships were most enduring; no man could feel more deeply
the ingratitude of a friend, and yet no man could overlook with
more charity. He had a large liberality, but which sought
no blazonment. With very few did fraternal regard embrace
so wide a range of objects. He had great self-control and
rarely, if ever, failed in a just courtesy to others. He
was exceedingly indisposed to pretensions for his own
advancement. The writer believes that he fully realized an
ability in himself to act in great affairs; but this
indisposition kept him back, and public places were taken by
others. He was always ready to enlist his services for the
poor and needy, and was ever faithful in his service. Few
have higher claims to a grateful remembrance, and there are few
who will not sooner be forgotten.
THOMAS DENNY WEBB son
of Peter and Tamasin (Denny) Webb, was born in Windham,
Connecticut, on the 10th day of May, 1784. His wife, Betsey
Stanton, was born at Montville, in the county of New London,
Connecticut. They were married at Warren, Ohio, Jan. 13, 1813.
Mr. Webb was prepared for college at the academy in
Leicester, Massachusetts, the place of his mother's nativity,
graduated at Brown university, in 1805; studied law under that
distinguished jurist, Hon. Zephaniah Swift, afterwards chief
justice of the State of Connecticut, and was admitted to the bar of
Immediately after this he left New England with the
intention of going into what is now the State of Indiana, and
locating himself near the Falls of the Ohio, but was induced to
change his plan, and in December, 1807, took up his abode in Warren,
then the county seat of Trumbull county, and the most flourishing
town in eastern Ohio. There he practiced law until 1857, when
the infirmities of age compelled him to desist. During this
time, though not a printer, he established in Warren the first
newspaper ever issued in Northern Ohio, called The Trump of Fame.
A few copies are still preserved and occasionally exhibited at
festivals and society meetings.
In 1813 Mr. Webb was appointed a collector
internal duties for the Eighth district of Ohio. He was twice
elected a member of the Senate of Ohio. In one instance he forebore
to take his seat in that body. In the other he served the
constitutional period of two years. About 1832 he was a
candidate for Congress, with Hon. Elisha Whittlesey for
competitor. He had a majority in one county, but Mr.
Whittlesey obtained majorities in two counties, and gained the
seat. Mr. Webb was known as the anti-masonic
candidate. The Morgan excitement, which had not died
out, probably lost him many votes.
On the first day of December, 1811, his right leg was
amputated above the knee, in consequence of an injury received at
the raising of a log building near where the Austin stone quarry in
Howland now is. Notwithstanding this serious inconvenience he
attended to his professional duties until within a few years of his
Mr. Webb was in some respects quite
peculiar and was easily irritated. When the custom was in this
judicial district for the lawyers to “ride the circuit,” half a
dozen or more would go together on horseback. Of course Mr.
Webb was compelled to use a crutch, and sometimes when they
stopped for the night at some inn, some of the waggish members of
the bar, like Judge Pease or Judge Wood,
after most were pretty soundly asleep, would take Mr.
Webb's crutch and walk with it into rooms of the house where
strangers and guests were not expected to go, and father Webb had to
take all the blame, and the others had their sport at his expense.
Mr. Webb died Mar. 7, 1865, in the eighty
first year of his age. He left two children, Ada line and
Laura. The former was never married, the latter was
married to Dr. Warren Iddings, of Warren.
They are now both dead.
General Roswell Stone was born in Burling
ton, Hartford county, Connecticut, in 1794. He had
excellent educational advantages, graduating with honor in the
class with Rufus P. Spalding, at Yale college, in
September, 1817. He received the degree of master of
arts, at Yale college in 1821. After his graduation he
went to Port Tobacco, in Maryland, and for a year taught school.
This did not entirely suit the ambition of young Stone,
so he sought his fortune in what was then in the East
denominated “the Far West” coming to Warren, Ohio, in
1822. The next year he went back to Connecticut and
married Caroline, daughter of Dr. Titus Merriman,
and returned with her to Warren, where he remained until he died
General Stone was a man of ability and
prominence. He was elected from Trumbull county to
the Legislature, and was prosecuting attorney for the county in
1833, at the time of the trial and conviction of Ira
West Gardner for murder in the first degree.
Gardner was executed in November, 1833, the only execution
which ever took place in Trumbull county.
CALVIN G. SUTLIFF
was born in Vernon, Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 17th day of
April, 1808. He was a brother of the late Judge Milton
Sutliff; was a lawyer, and for some time was a partner of
his brother in the practice of law in Warren Afterwards he
formed a partnership with Hon. John Hutchins,
now of Cleveland, and they continued the practice of law
together for some time.
Calvin G. was a laborious worker, very
industrious, had a good practice, but in the very prime of life,
when everything looked auspicious, was cut down.
Physically, he was a powerful man; about six feet two or three
inches in height, with tremendous muscular power. Perhaps
relying too much on his ability to resist the effect of our
winter's severity, not taking the necessary precautions, he went
in a cutter to Geauga county, on professional business, but
returning late, and the weather being intensely cold, he
contracted an influenza, or some kindred disease, which
terminated in his death, on the 2d day of February, 1852.
Mr. Sutliff was married to Miss Hannah
Bennett, of Hartford, Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 18th day
of September, 1844. He died, leaving a widow, one son and
two daughters, all grown to man and womanhood, three of whom are
married, and all with bright prospects for the future.
Mr. Sutliff was a great lover of music
and an excellent vocalist. After his day's work was done,
with his musical friends, he would often spend the evening- we
mean before the cares of married life came upon him—in some
friendly house, where, with others of like tastes, a most
pleasant hour would be spent.
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JOHN STARK EDWARDS
was born in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 23, 1777. He was
a son of Pierpont and Frances (Ogden) Edwards. His
birth occurring shortly after the battle of Bennington, Vermont,
his father gave the name of General Stark, the
hero of that battle and an old friend, to his son. He
graduated at Princeton college, New Jersey, in 1796, studied law
with his father, who was a distinguished lawyer, attended the
lectures of Judge Tappan Reeve, at the
celebrated Litchfield law school, and was admitted to the bar at
New Haven in the spring of 1799. Shortly after he left New
Haven for Warren, Ohio, where he arrived in June of that year.
He was probably the first lawyer who settled in the Reserve. His
father was one of the members of the Connecticut Land company,
and in the division of the Reserve among the members, the
township of Mesopotamia was allotted to him. To take
charge of this and other land of his father, in other parts of
the Reserve, was one object of the son in coming to Ohio.
He soon began a settlement in that township by making a clearing
and erecting a log house. Here he resided, nominally,
until about 1804, although to give attention to his professional
business and official duties he passed a good part of his time
in Warren. His name appears, as attorney, in the first
case on the docket of the court in Trumbull county, in 1800.
He was commissioned by Governor St. Clair, in July, 1800,
recorder of Trumbull county, which office he held until 1813.
In March, 1811, he was commissioned colonel of the Second
regiment, Third brigade, Fourth division, Ohio militia. On
the receipt of the news of the surrender of General
Hull, at Detroit, in August, 1812, he, with others, made
strenuous endeavors to put the country in a state of defence, a
general and great alarm being felt, as by that surrender the
whole country lay exposed to the dangers of incursion by the
British and Indians. He marched with a portion of his
regiment to Cleveland. After being there for a period, new
arrangements were made by the military authorities, and his
services as an officer being no longer required he returned to
In October of the same year he was elected
Representative in Congress from the sixth district, comprising
the counties of Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Portage,
Columbiana, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Knox, and Richland, and
was the first member of Congress elected who resided on the
Reserve. He did not live to take his seat.
In January, 1813, in company with George Parsons
and William Bell, he left Warren with the
intention of going to the Put-in-Bay islands, where he owned
lands and had a large number of sheep, to look after his
property. When at Lower Sandusky, a thaw coming on, they
thought best to return and started for home. He got wet,
was taken ill on the road, and died on Feb. 22, 1813, during the
Hon. John Crowell, of Cleveland,
formerly a lawyer of eminence at Warren, in a sketch of the life
and character of Mr. Edwards, as a member of the
bar and a citizen, accords to him the highest traits and all
that could recommend him to the esteem of his associates and
acquaintances, and to the warmest regards of his relatives and
friends. His death was deeply felt, and, says Mr.
Crowell, “shed a sadness and gloom over the whole
country.” He is described as a man of fine appearance,
over six feet in height, stoutly built, and muscular; of a
florid complexion and commanding presence.
He was married Feb. 28, 1807, at Springfield, Vermont,
to Miss Louisa Maria Morris, born Apr. 13, 1787, daughter
of General Lewis and Mary (Dwight) Morris, of that
place. In the spring they came to Warren, Ohio, and there
resided. In 1814 she was married a second time to
Robert Montgomery, of Youngstown, whom she survived
several years and died Dec. 24, 1866. She was a woman of
fine intellect, well educated, with a good physical
organization, active and energetic, and well calculated to
encounter the trials and hardships, and assist as a pioneer in
the settlement of a new country. She was “a mother in
Israel and known far and wide for her many personal
excellencies.” By Colonel Edwards she was
the mother of three children, only one of whom, William J.
Edwards, grew to adult years. He is now living in
Youngstown, one of its most respected citizens. By
Major Montgomery she was the mother of three
children, Robert Morris, Caroline Sarah,
married to Dr. M. Hazeltine, and Ellen Louisa,
who was married to Samuel Hine.
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HON. EZRA B. TAYLOR.
In the year 1814 Elisha Taylor removed from
Massachusetts to Ohio and settled in what is now Nelson
township, Portage county. Here he and his family struggled
with the difficulties and hardships incident to pioneer life.
The most common blessing of the poor, a household of children,
came to Elisha Taylor, and in 1823 the subject of
this sketch, Ezra B., was born.
School privileges and literary opportunities were few
in those days; and there were only a few sons of poor and
hard-working farmers who undertook the difficult task of
preparing themselves for professional life. Among the few,
however, was Ezra Taylor, who showed marked
ability in the acquisition of knowledge, and was prepared at an
early age to begin the study of law. He studied with
Judge Payne, now of Cleveland, who then resided in
Garrettsville, and in 1845 he passed a creditable examination
and was admitted to the bar by the supreme court of Ohio, in
Chardon. He removed to Ravenna and opened a law office
there in 1847. He continued in the practice of law at
Ravenna until 1862, when he removed to Warren, where he has
since resided. In 1864 he enlisted as a private in the One
Hundred and Seventy-first Ohio National guard, which served
three months. He was exceedingly popular in the regiment,
which, on its return, elected him colonel.
In 1877, after the death of Judge Servis,
a member of the Warren bar asked Colonel Taylor if
he would accept an appointment to fill the vacancy on the bench
of the common pleas court. He answered emphatically, “No."
“But,” said his friend, “would you accept the office if
all the bar of the sub-district ask for your appointment?”
“Yes," he said, not supposing, however, that any such action
would be taken. A few days afterwards he was surprised to
learn that nearly every lawyer, Republican and Democrat, in the
sub-district composed of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Portage
counties, had signed a petition for his appointment, and it was
Judge Taylor's eminent fitness for the
office was demon strated at once when he entered upon the
discharge of his judicial duties. Clear-headed, impartial,
quickly discerning the merits of every case, and conscientiously
opposed to the waste of time and money in useless wranglings and
irrelevant proceedings, he dispatched business with such
accuracy and promptness as courts are not often accustomed to,
and soon became known as one of the ablest judges who has ever
presided in our courts.
At the October election of 1877 he was elected to the
office by the people. He honored the office, and has the
profound respect and confidence of the bar.
Judge Taylor has been an earnest and
efficient Republican from the foundation of the party. As
a political speaker he has few equals. His clear, strong
common sense, the strength and purity of his diction, and his
skill and force in the presentation of facts and arguments, make
his addresses attractive and powerful. Cool and sagacious
in council, and eloquent and convincing on the stump, he has
rendered the most valuable service to his party in many hard
Judge Taylor has a wonderfully retentive
memory, and his ability at the bar and on the stump to make all
his points with unerring skill and accuracy, without the use of
memoranda, is often a subject of remark by those who hear him.
His extraordinary memory and his logical mind, in connection
with his mastery of pure English speech, fit him for eminence as
a debater of political questions.
In the winter of 1880, when General Garfield
was elected United States Senator, the Warren Tribune suggested
that Hon. Ezra B. Taylor should be his successor in the
House of Representatives. The suggestion was received with
great favor and the Tribune continued to advocate Judge
Taylor's nomination until he became the leading candidate.
His competitors were Hons. S. A. Northway and W. P.
Howland, of Ashtabula county; Hon. Peter
Hitchcock, of Geauga county, and Hon. J. B. Burrows,
of Lake county - all good and popular men. Judge
Taylor took no part in the canvass preceding the nominating
convention, but confined his attention solely to the duties of
his office as a judge of the court of common pleas. His
friends, however, made the contest lively, and the result was
his nomination by the District Congressional convention, held in
Warren Aug. 12, 1880. He then resigned his seat on the
bench and took an active part in the brief but earnest campaign
which preceded General Garfield's election to the
Presidency. Mr. Taylor's majority at the
October election for the regular term in the Forty seventh
Congress was over twelve thousand. He was then nominated,
without opposition, to fill the unexpired term of General
Garfield in the Forty-sixth Congress.
Mr. Taylor is a quiet and modest member
of the House, who seldom makes speeches. Nevertheless he is a
steady and efficient worker, and does more to shape legislation
than many members who make more noise. At this time (1882)
he is a member of the committee on the judiciary and the
committee on claims. In both these committees important
questions of law constantly arise, and Mr. Taylor
is called upon to do a large amount of work in the examination
of such questions. For such important duties he is
regarded by his fellow-members as one of the ablest and most
efficient of committeemen. He is always at his post,
and uses all his influence to prevent unnecessary delays in the
transaction of public business.
During the discussion of the bill to restrict Chinese
immigration, Mr. Taylor delivered a speech against
the bill which attracted more attention and called forth more
praise than any other speech delivered during the long and able
debate on the Chinese bills.
Hon. Ezra B. Taylor
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The subject of this sketch was born in Vernon, Trumbull county,
Ohio, on the 12th day of July, 1805, and at his death was nearly
fifty-nine years old. He was a brother of Judge Milton
Sutliff, and was the third son in a family of six, all of
whom have passed away. Flavel Sutliff, another
brother, and a lawyer, died young. Their ancestors were of
Puritan stock, the leading doctrines and principles of which
were embraced by the sons of Deacon Samuel Sutliff, the
father of the subject of this brief sketch, in a modified form.
Pioneer life on the Western Reserve was at tended with
hardships of every description. The following incident in
the early life of Mr. Sutliff will serve to
illustrate the trials of this pioneer boy, as well as test his
powers of endurance and faithfulness:
When a small boy, under ten years of age, his father
sent him to mill with a bag full of grain. This was a trust of
no small moment for a boy of such tender years. The mill
to which he was to go was upon the Shenango river in Mercer
county, Pennsylvania, was distant from Vernon about twelve
miles, and was reached only by a bridle or blazed path through a
dense forest for most of the distance. The bag was
balanced on the saddle upon the family horse and the boy mounted
on the top. In the woods several miles east of Kinsman,
the horse, in at tempting to escape the deep mud in the path,
brought the bag against a tree with so much force as to throw
the boy and bag to the ground. He was unable to replace
the heavy bag on the horse, and it would not do to leave it.
The wheat was worth two dollars per bushel, and it had cost his
father several days hard labor to obtain it. He then
watched beside it, waiting and hoping that some one would pass
who would be able to assist him. He watched on through the
night, and into the next day till near the meridian - a faithful
sentry - but no one came. It was a dreary watch and one
full of peril to so young a boy, and well calculated, in that
primeval forest, to test the nerve and bravery of any boy, and
indeed many men. At length the sharp crack of a hunter's
rifle was heard by him in the distance, when, after holloaing
at the top of his voice for some time, the hunter's attention
was arrested and he came to the assistance of the boy. The
bag was lifted to its place, the boy mounted as before, and he
continued on to the mill.
On arriving at the mill he related his misfortune, when
the miller, who was a good, kind hearted man, took a grist from
the hopper, turned in the boy's grist, and sent him to his house
and had him cared for. When the grist was ground and ready
it was again placed upon the horse, the boy again mounted on
top, and started for home. It was dark before he came to
the opening where the village of Kinsman now is, but soon he saw
before him at a distance a dancing light dodging among the
trees, and on meeting it found it was a lantern carried by his
father, who had started to look for him. He was so
overjoyed at the sight that it was difficult for him to sit on
his horse, while his father was affected to tears on the
relation of the story.
Such was pioneer life in the boyhood days of Mr.
Sutliff. His experience was rather the rule, not
The advantages for education in that unbroken
wilderness were meagre, indeed, therefore his early education
was quite limited; but by assiduous study he was able to remedy
the defect measurably. Later in life he was a man of fair
culture and extensive reading.
In middle life he turned his attention to the law, and
was frequently called upon to assist his neighbors in justice
courts. In 1840 he was admitted to the bar. In 1850
he removed to Warren, and formed a partnership with Judge
Birchard, with whom he remained for two or three years; but
at that time being possessed of a good deal of real estate which
required his constant attention, he substantially retired from
Like all of his brothers, Mr. Sutliff was
a very strong anti-slavery man, and in the opinion of a good
many of his neighbors and friends, went in that direction a
little too far. But that is all past now.
Mr. Sutliff was twice married. His
first wife was Miss Mary Plumb, of Vernon,
who died soon after. For his second wife he married
Miss Phebe L. Marvin, of Bazetta, on the 1st day of October,
1840. She and three children survive him. He died on
the 25th of March, 1864, at Warren, Ohio.
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CHARLES W. SMITH
was born Oct. 10, 1821, in Yates county, New York. His
parents were Philander W. and Martha F. Smith. With
them he removed to Bazetta, Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1835.
His early education was such as could be had at the common
schools in his district, save two or three terms at the West
Farmington academy. From 1840 to 1846 part of his time was
spent in teaching school and reading law. He commenced the
study of the law with the writer of this notice, and completed
the same in the office of Herman Canfield, Esq., in
Medina, Medina county, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar in
1846. On the 22d of October, 1846, he married Rachel
Ann Park, daughter of John Park, of
Weathersfield; opened a law office in Niles, Trumbull county, in
1847, and remained there, with good practice, three years.
In 1850, he removed to Warren, and was soon after elected
prosecuting attorney of the county, which office he held for two
terms, after which he was twice elected mayor of the city of
In 1861 he enlisted in the military service and served
as captain during the war. After the termination of the
war he removed to Charlestown, West Virginia. He was
elected a member of the Legislature of that State in 1869, and
made judge of the Fifth judicial district in 1871. In 1874
he was the Republican candidate for Congress, but was defeated.
By his popularity and recognized ability, he cut down the usual
opposition majority from three thousand to three hundred.
He afterward removed to Huntington, West Virginia, where he
continued in the successful practice of the law until his
decease, June 29, 1878.
On the decease of Judge Smith, the
Wheeling Standard, a leading paper of that city, said of him:
He filled the position of judge with general
acceptability to all parties. He was in every respect an
extemporaneous man and a recognized power on the stump. In
a joint discussion of the political issues of the day, was a
formidable antagonist. People would ride miles through the
heat or rain to hear him speak.
When Judge Smith was a young man he
endured hardships that young men of the present day are
strangers to. For a time he worked in James L.
VanGorder's flouring mill, in Warren, and while engaged in
studying law in Warren clerked in the post-office.
The world was better for his being in it. He
died, leaving three daughters, Sophie, Ida, and
Angie E. His remains were brought to Warren and intered
in Oakwood cemetery. The Masonic fraternity, of which
order he was a member, and the Trumbull county bar paid their
last tribute of respect to a worthy man, by attending his
funeral in a body.
NATHAN O. HUMPHREY was born
in Braceville, Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 16th day of
November, 1816. His father, Oliver Humphrey,
was from Goshen, Connecticut, and was one of the pioneers of
Braceville township, purchasing the land upon which he lived and
died when it was an unbroken wilderness. This was in 1815.
He married Miss Anna Birchard, daughter of Nathan
Birchard, of Windham, Portage county, Ohio. Miss
Birchard taught the first school in Windham, and also the
first in Braceville. He had two sons—Nathan O., the
eldest; the other died in infancy. At that time
educational facilities and privileges were very limited.
The district school and one term at Farmington academy, then
taught by Rev. Daniel Miller, were all he ever had.
At the age of sixteen he taught one winter term of school in the
township of Milton, then in Trumbull county, but now in the
county of Mahoning, at $8 per month, and another term in
Howland, Trumbull county, receiving $16 per month.
At the age of twenty-one years he entered the office of
the Hon. David Tod, as a student at law, and was admitted
to the bar in 1838. He was soon after nominated by the
Democrats for the office of prosecuting attorney, but, his party
being in the minority, was defeated by Robert W. Taylor.
In 1842 and 1844 he was elected to that office, and in 1852 he
was again elected. His father dying in 1847, he returned
to Braceville to take charge of the homestead farm and care for
his widowed mother and young sisters.
For many years he was chosen township treasurer, and in
1870 was elected justice of the peace, which office he held
until his decease on the 3d day of July, 1879.
During several years of his later life his health was
poor, but he did not complain. He was a
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very honest and upright man. He lived seven miles from the
county seat, and died while the court of common pleas was in
session. The court adjourned and the members of the bar
attended his funeral in a body.
GEORGE W. LEET, we believe was born in Brookfield, but
after being admitted to the bar settled in Vienna. He was
a young man of much promise. His health failed, and he
died soon after. Had he lived he would undoubtedly have
made his mark in the profession.
PHILO ELLSWORTH REED,
son of Garry C. and Amanda (Hart) Reed, was born in
Hartford, Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 20th day of June, 1831,
and lived there until he was seventeen years of age. In addition
to the common schools in the vicinity of his home, his father
sent him for a short time to the academy at West Farmington.
After that he taught school for a year at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
He then entered the office of Leggett & Cox, in
Warren, as a student at law, and after pursuing a regular course
of studies, was admitted to the bar in 1854. After a short
practice in Warren he married, Nov. 22, 1855, when he removed to
Monmouth, Illinois, where he continued the practice of his
profession until August, 1862, when, willing with others to
maintain the integrity of the Government by arms, enlisted in
the Eighty-third Illinois volunteer infantry, and was elected
captain of company A in that regiment. His regiment was
soon ordered to the front, and detailed for garrison duty at
Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and in February following was attacked
by Forrest and Wheeler's raiders, when young
Reed was slain at the head of his men.
IRA L. FULLER.
Ira Lucius Fuller was born at Lisle,
Broome county, New York, on the 21st day of November, 1816.
His father, Ira, and Sally, his wife, together
with the family, consisting of several children, among whom was
the subject of this brief notice, desiring to benefit their
family, emigrated to Brookfield, Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1833.
He, like most young men of his time, was educated mainly in the
common schools of the country; but we would like to say here
that the common schools of that day were fully as good if not
superior to what is denominated the graded school of the
present. At least we find as many scholarly young men
emanating from the country school-house as graduate from our
city high schools.
When Mr. Fuller was about nineteen years
of age he went to Warren to clerk in the post-office, when
David Tod was postmaster. As opportunity
offered he would study law, and after reading the necessary
time, he was admitted to the bar in 1840. He was twice
elected to the office of prosecutor in Trumbull county, first in
1849. After the adoption of the second constitution in
Ohio, by which the probate court was created, he was elected
judge of that court, which office he held with credit for three
years. On the expiration of his term he resumed the
practice of the law, in which he continued until his decease on
the 16th of October, 1874.
Judge Fuller was a man of high moral
character; but we believe that he never attached him self to any
church, though his parents were very consistent Baptists.
He died as he lived, highly esteemed by his acquaintances, and
an upright, honorable man.
JAMES D. TAYLER.
James Douglas Tayler
was born in the township of Youngstown, Mahoning county, Ohio,
on the 24th day of November, 1816. He was the fifth child
of James Tayler and Jane (Walker) Tayler, whose parents
came to America from the north of Ireland.
The father of James D. removed from Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1814, and from
thence to Youngstown the year following. Mr. Tayler's
early education was obtained in such common schools as were in
the vicinity of his home in that early day. His father
carried on at Youngstown a woolen factory, in which young
James D. was frequently an efficient helper. As we
learn, his parents were more than ordinarily careful in the
mental and moral training of their children, as may be well
assumed when it is stated that he was the brother of George
Tayler, who died cashier of the First National bank of
Warren, after many years' service in the capacity, Robert W.
Tayler who died at Washington First comptroller of the
United States Treasury, and Matthew B. Tayler, who also
died cashier of the First National Bank of Warren.
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On the 10th day of May, 1831, he went into the clerk's
office of Trumbull county, George Parsons at that time
and for many years after wards being clerk. Here he
remained until 1839, writing in the office, and studying law at
intervals, when he was admitted to the bar at a term of the
supreme court held in Gallia county, on the 23d day of March of
that year. At the same term Henry W. King, son of
Judge Leicester King, of Warren, was also
admitted. Mr. Tayler immediately opened an
office in Warren, and very rapidly grew into a good practice,
not withstanding at that time his health was none of the best.
In September following he formed a partnership with Sidney W.
Harris, and together they continued the successful practice
of the law until 1844, when he went to Akron and formed a law
partnership with his friend Henry W. King, where he
remained until 1849. He was married on the 2d of May,
1848, to Miss Isabella Florilla Howard, of Akron.
In July, 1849, he removed to Peru, Illinois, practicing in
LaSalle and adjacent counties. Here his health entirely
gave way and he was compelled to abandon the practice and seek
relief in the “Sunny South.”
On the 18th of January, 1855, he went to Enterprise, in
east Florida, but he obtained no relief, and died of consumption
on the 22d day of March following. He left a wife and
three children. His remains were brought to Warren, the
home of his youth and the residence of his brothers and sisters,
for interment. His brethren of the bar called a meeting,
at which the following proceedings were had:
The members of the bar met on Friday evening.
the 13th instant, at the office of the probate judge, to take,
into consideration the course proper to be pursued by them in
view of the recent death of James D. Tayler, Esq., in
Florida, and the return of his remains to this place.
Upon motion of J. Hutchins, Esq.,
the Hon. Matthew Birchard was called to the chair, and
upon motion of M. Sutliff, Esq., J. D. Cox was appointed
secretary. The chairman, upon taking his seat, briefly
addressed the meeting as to the cause which had assembled them,
and the business which would be before them. J.
Hutchins, Esq., then moved the appointment, by the chair, of
a committee of five to draft appropriate resolutions, and report
the same to the meeting; and the motion being sustained, the
chairman appointed M. sutliff, J. Hutchins, G. F. Brown, M.
D. Leggett, and J. D. Cox as the committee. The
meeting then adjourned to meet at Judge Birchard's office
the following morning at 9 o'clock.
On Saturday morning, pursuant to adjournment, the Bar
met, and the committee on resolutions made the following report,
which was adopted:
Resolved. That the members of the bar of
Trumbull county have heard with sorrow and regret the death of
James D. Tayler, who was formerly a member of this bar.
Resolved, That by this afflictive event, the
legal professionhas been deprived of an efficient, able, and
honorable practitioner; the community in which he resided, of an
exemplary citizen, the interests of humanity, of a generous,
laborious, and upright man, and his family, of a kind and
affectionate husband and father.
Resolved. That the chairman of this meeting
convey to the bereaved family and to the bar of Peru, Illinois,
the sentiments of high regard entertained by this bar for the
memory of the deceased, and of sympathy with them in their
Resolved, That the chairman of this meeting
present these resolutions to the court of common pleas at the
term next to be holden in this county, with a request that they
be entered on the journals.
Resolved. That as a bar we will attend the
funeral of the deceased in a body, and that a committee of three
be appointed by the chair to make the necessary arrangements
Upon the adoption of the report the chair appointed
Messrs. B. F. Hoffman, Azor Abell, and T.
E. Webb a committee of arrangements for the funeral, by
whose direction the funeral procession was placed under the
charge of the chairman and marshal, and the order of the same
arranged as follows, viz.: 1st, the clergy in a carriage; 2d,
the bar in double file; 3d, the hearse with four pall-bearers on
each side. Messrs. Sutliff, Ratliff,
Hutchins, Fuller, Buttles, Leggett,
Brown, and Ranney being appointed to that duty,
4th, the mourners, followed by the friends and citizens
generally. The procession was arranged to move from the
house of M. B. Tayler, Esq., at half past ten, and
proceed to the cemetery, where appropriate services would take
place. The members of the bar then adjourned to meet at
the place and hour appointed for the funeral, which took place
in accordance with the above arrangements.
M. BIRCHARD, Chairman.
J. D. Cox, Secretary.
Similar proceedings and resolutions of respect were
adopted by the bar of Peru, Illinois, and entered on the
journals of the court at that place.
CHARLES E. GLIDDEN
was born in New Hampshire; but when quite a young
man came to Ohio and located in Poland, Mahoning county, where
there was then a law school of considerable celebrity. We
believe that Mr. Glidden graduated at that institution.
A short time he practiced law in Mahoning county, and in 1861,
at the age of twenty-six, was elected judge of the court of
common pleas for the district that had predecessors like
Governor Wood, Luther Day, Benjamin F. Hoffman,
Van R. Humphrey, and earlier, George Tod, the
father of Governor Tod. He performed his duties
with such acceptability to the profession and the public, that
after a lapse of five years he was again elected to the same
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Judge Glidden was a young man of more
than ordinary ability in his profession; but by reason of his
being elected judge in early life, never acquired great
reputation at the bar.
Notwithstanding Judge Glidden's youth
when he went on the bench, his judgment seemed well matured, and
his charges to the jury and his opinions in chancery cases, gave
satisfaction to the profession.
Judge Glidden was a man of fine presence—
nearly or quite six feet tall, and by reason of his “make up,”
if we may be allowed to use that expression, was very popular
with the people.
During his last term on the bench his health failed,
and he was compelled at its close to seek medical aid.
Being an Eastern man he naturally turned to the East. Of
course he obtained the best medical skill in the country, but at
this writing he is in Boston and quite infirm. His wife is
still living, and a most estimable lady, whom he married in
Poland. They have one son, now about twenty years of age,
who, with his mother, devote their attention almost exclusively
to the care of the invalid.
SIDNEY W. HARRIS
was born in Addison county, Vermont, about 1815. His
father was Henry Harris, and his mother Harriet
(Stevens) Harris. He came to Warren, Ohio, with his
mother and Augustus Stevens, his uncle, in 1825, and
lived in the family of Mr. Stevens about six years, going
to school most of the time. Mr. Stevens sent him to
Western Reserve college, at Hudson, for a time, but he did not
graduate. Afterwards he clerked in the store of H. & C.
Smith, in Warren, for about a year.
Mr. Harris had a taste for the legal
profession, and through the aid rendered him by his uncle
commenced the study of the law with Hon. John Crowell,
then in full practice in Warren. Young Harris
afterwards attended the law school at Cincinnati, an institution
of high repute, with Judge Walker at its head. He
was well qualified for the profession of his choice, and was
admitted to the bar about the same time Mr. James D. Tayler,
also of Warren, was admitted. They soon after formed a
partnership and opened an office in Warren. Having much
ability and many friends they soon acquired a good practice,
which they retained while they remained in Trumbull county, but
like most young men, whether in professions or in other
employments, they were ambitious to take the positions they and
their friends thought they were capable of filling. Mr.
Harris went to Cincinnati and Mr. Tayler to
Akron. Mr. Harris remained in Cincinnati
about five years, but thought he had better go farther West, and
removed to Morris, Grundy county, Illinois, where he commenced
the practice of the law and was very successful. In 1862
he was elected judge of the court of
common pleas for that county and district, which office he
filled for several years with credit and ability, but the salary
being small, he resigned and again commenced the practice of the
law, in which he continued with great credit to himself and good
results to his clients, until his decease in 1876.
Mr. Harris was a self-made man, a fine
speaker, had a strong liking for the profession, and availed
himself of all the advantages within his reach. He married
Mary Freeman Bronson, daughter of Dr.
Tracy Bronson, of Newton, by whom he had three children, now
all married and living in the State of Illinois. Mrs.
Harris is also deceased.
JOHN F. BEAVER
was born in Stoyestown, Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
There he acquired an education, while laboring under many
difficulties. Having a desire for the legal profession, he
went to Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and
entered himself as a student at law in the office of Colonel
J. B. Alexander. The greatly distinguished lawyer and
judge, Jeremiah S. Black, was also a student of
Colonel Alexander's, and at the same time. By
close application, and an enduring perseverance, he thoroughly
mastered the rudiments of the law, was soon after married, and
devoted all of his energies to its practice. He pursued
his chosen avocation in the courts of Westmoreland and
neighboring counties until 1841, gaining no little distinction,
in a local way, as an able and successful advocate. We
believe that at one time he was a law partner of the Hon.
Edgar Cowan, late United States Senator from the State of
Mr. Beaver sought a broader field of operations
than Westmoreland county afforded, and removed to Pittsburg,
where he practiced his profession for three years; but the
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social requirements of city life not agreeing with his peculiar
tastes and temperament, and having already accumulated, by
economy and patient toil, a comfortable competence, he came to
Ohio in 1844, and purchased a valuable farm and mill property at
Newton Falls, in Trumbull county, and for a time abandoned the
active practice of his profession, but occasionally aided his
neighbors in the adjustment of controversies in the courts of
justices of the peace and in the common pleas. His talents
won for him a proud prominence in his new home. He
attracted so much attention, that in 1845 he was elected to the
State Senate, an honor of no low distinction, which position he
filled with very great credit to himself and his constituents,
for three terms (six years), and was considered one of the most
ready debaters and learned parlimentarians in that body.
It was at the beginning of his first term in the Senate
that he became prominently known to the country by the
appellation of “Beaver's Boots,” a name applied to him, not
disrespectfully, but rather to commemorate an adventure of which
he was the hero. It occurred before the days of many
railroads in Ohio, and when the Democrats and Whigs were a tie
in the Senate, so that the absence of one member from either
side would give the opposite party the organization of that
body. It was therefore very essential to each party that
every one of their members should be present at the beginning of
the session. Mr. Beaver went to Cleveland
and designed taking a boat to Sandusky, from whence he could
travel by rail to Newark; but no boat could be obtained, and he
was obliged to take a wagon to Columbus. The roads were
very muddy and progress was slow and difficult. When
within twelve or fifteen miles of the capital the wagon broke
down and left the party sticking in the mud. This mishap
occurred about 3 o'clock in the morning, and as the Legislature
met at 9 o'clock the same morning, Mr. Beaver
determined that his party should not suffer on his account, and
accordingly started on foot, through mud almost unfathomable,
for the capital. At five minutes before 9 o'clock the
Whigs were gathered in groups about the capitol, deploring the
absence of Mr. Beaver, and lamenting among
themselves the triumph the Democrats would enjoy in ten minutes,
in the election of the officers of the Senate. A member
rushed out and declared that “Mr. Beaver ought to
be killed,” to which Mr. Dennison, afterwards
Governor, replied that Mr. Beaver had come, at the same
time eyeing a man so covered with mud as to be scarcely
recognizable. “No." said the member, “he has not come.”
“Yes," replied Dennison, “that's him,” pointing to the
approaching mud-pile. “What, them boots?" From this
“Beaver's boots" became a by-word, and furnished the
opposition with an almost in exhaustible amount of ridicule
during the balance of Mr. Beaver's term.
The politicians of middle life well remember the “hard
cider” campaign of 1840. It was a campaign of songs and
cider. Among the distinguished poets of that time was
John Greiner. His verses in celebration of “Beaver's
Boots" were copied into almost every newspaper in the country,
and won for their hero, as well as their author, a considerable
notoriety. So that, instead of the famous boots becoming a
source of ridicule to the wearer, they were a source of pride.
We reproduce the song as it was originally written:
BEAVER BOOTS (poem)
|Strike, strike the harp-come sweep the lyre!
Kindle and blaze, Promethean fire;
Tune up your sweetest dulcet notes,
My ponderous theme is Beaver's boots.
Old Trumbull's bull--a bull whose hide
Grew thick and tough—took sick and died.
Its soul went with all the other brutes,
His hide went into—Beaver's boots.
Millions of creeping things lie dead,
Mangled and crushed beneath his tread,
Two insect smashers—Death recruits
His ranks in following Beaver's boots.
When first they thundered up the aisle,
Filled inside-outside with Free-soil,
The Senate hushed their fierce disputes,
And speechless gazed at Beaver's boots.
The tangled hair of Whitman rose,
And pale with fear grew Graham's nose;
Byers alarmed and backward shoots,
Aghast, amazed at Beaver's boots.
The Chase was up, the Swift grew lazy.
The Burns grew Cold, the Payne grew easy;
E'en Cunningham's white head salutes
The high-soled man in Beaver's boots.
That well filled vest with pride displays
The guard chain red of other days,
That unshaved honest face denotes,
A Governor stands in Beaver's boots.
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Many worse Governors has Ohio had than John F. Beaver
would have made; but more ambitious men, whose work was not
always done with clean hands, pushed integrity and worth aside.
Early in life Mr. Beaver developed a
taste for reading quite unusual; in fact, his entire time, in
the latter years of his life, when he was not engaged in
hunting, was spent in the study of choice works of history and
biography. His memory was really wonderful; a faculty that
stayed with him when he became advanced in years; in fact, up to
the time of his decease.
Mr. Beaver was very fond of hunting as
well as of books. Having some wild land in the western
part of Ohio, he would every winter, until his advanced age and
declining health prohibited him from doing so, put on his
buckskin armor and spend a month in his comfortable log cabin
hunting deer, which his friends well know he was very successful
in getting. His evenings were employed in reading the
books he brought with him, by the light of a tallow dip, or
often the fire that cheerfully blazed from the cabin hearth.
A correspondent of the Cleveland True Democrat visited
Mr. Beaver at his home in Newton, and wrote to his
paper as follows:
“On being introduced to him he stretched out his huge
paw, and such another shake of the hand I never had. His
whole heart was in it, and it said, ‘I am glad to see you.
In that hand-shaking there was no disguise; it was one of the
evidences of his true character.”
While a member of the Senate he was his party's
candidate for speaker, and was defeated by one vote, he refusing
to vote for himself.
Mr. Beaver was not ambitious for office;
he cared more for the comforts of home life than for the
best office in the gift of his fellow citizens. He was
plain and unostentatious in his manners and habits, caring
little or nothing for display, and never sought to render
himself conspicuous. He was the unpolished diamond, but
possessing all of the elements of value and genuine merit.
He possessed a strong constitution, but it succumbed to the
infirmities of age—his mind remaining clear to the end. At
the age of seventy-seven years he passed away—one of the truest
of men, the soul of honor, and a man of unimpeachable integrity.
an elder brother of James D. Tayler, now also
deceased, was formerly of the Trumbull county bar; but many years
since went to Youngstown and from there to Washington, where he
occupied the position of first comptroller of the treasury until his
decease. A full sketch of him will be found in another part of
JOEL F. ASPER.
Colonel Joel F. Asper died in the State of
Missouri. He was admitted to the bar in Trumbull county, where
he practiced his profession until the breaking out of the war of the
Rebellion, when he volunteered in the service. He soon reached
the position of colonel, which he filled throughout the entire war.
On its termination he located in Missouri, and resumed the practice
of the law. He was elected to Congress from his adopted State
for one term, and soon after died. He left a widow and several
children, who reside in Missouri.
WILLIAM O. FORREST. William O.
Forrest, now engaged in a successful practice of law in Mexico,
Missouri, studied his profession with Hon. John Crowell, in
Warren, and was there admitted. He was esteemed a good lawyer,
and had a good practice in Trumbull county. At one time he was
a partner of F. E. Hutchins. Mr. Forrest's ambition led him
to the West, where he now is.
GEORGE F. BROWN.
George F. Brown now resides east of Topeka, in Kansas, and
practices his profession of the law. When a young man, and
about the time he commenced the practice, he became a partner of the
Hon. John Crowell. Their practice was large and
lucrative, being retained in most of the important litigation.
In 1855 he was elected to succeed Ira L. Fuller to the office
of probate judge of Trumbull county, which office he filled for two
terms of three years each, discharging his duties to the
satisfaction of the public. In 1866 Judge Brown
was elected to the State Senate for one term, at the conclusion of
which he went to Mississippi and engaged in the practice of his
profession there, and not long after was elected a judge of the
court of common pleas. Losing some of his family by reason of
the unhealthy part of the country in which he
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had settled, he determined to change his place of residence,
which he bromptly died by going to Kansas, where his family
enjoy excellent health and be a good practice.
JOEL B. BUTTLES.
Joel B. Buttles studied law and was admitted to the bar in
Trumbull county. He removed from Brookfield to Warren about
1840. His practice was not very large, as he soon after went
into the newspaper business with the Hon. E. B. Eshelman now
of Wooster, Ohio.
While a resident of Warren Mr. Buttles was
appointed warden of the Ohio penitentiary, which place he filled for
some time. Soon after, he removed to Iowa City, where he still
resides, engaged mostly in dealing in real estate.
BUEL BARNES was born
in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1797, on the 6th day of October.
He settled in Gustavus, Trumbull county, Ohio, on the 8th day of
June, 1820. Mr. Barnes was a leading and
influential man in Gustavus. His first commission as justice
of the peace was dated Apr. 23, 1835, and he held the office
continuously until Apr. 15, 1871. He was twice elected to the
State Legislature, in 1844 and in 1845; was an honorable member and
faithful in the discharge of the trust the people of his county
placed in his keeping. He did not come to the bar until quite
late in life, and, being a man of ample fortune, did not care to
enter the arena with younger men, and there fore had not much
practice in the county courts.
Mr. Barnes was highly esteemed by his
neighbors and acquaintances, and died at the ripe age of
eighty-seven years, in 1880.
WILLIAM L. KNIGHT
was born in Massachusetts, and was graduated at Amherst college.
He had the best advantages of education, and came to Warren about
1831 and opened an office, where he acquired a good practice.
He was elected prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county in 1835, and
re-elected in 1837. After his term of office expired he
continued the practice of law until failing health admonished him
that he must desist. His father lived in Poland, Mahoning
county, where he went for kindly care, but he soon after died.
A full sketch of Mr. Knight appears in another part of this
came to Warren, Trumbull Co., county, in 1821 and commenced of law.
He was graduated at Yale college and took the highest honors of his
class remained in Warren but a short time having such practice as a
young lawyer would be likely to obtain, when he removed to Medina
county, a new county then just created by the Legislature, and
continued the practice of his profession there until his decease,
which was about the year 1840.
Mr. Ingersoll was born about 1802, and longed to
the distinguished family of that name who early settled in the
State of Connecticut. He was educated for the United
States navy and entered its active service on the old
Constitution when but a boy. He went wherever the old
Constitution went; around the globe, in fact. He was
engaged in a skirmish on land, in the East Indies, at the head
of a corps of marines, which has gone into history, much to his
credit for valor.
About 1838 he married Catharine Seely,
daughter of Dr. Sylvanus Seely, of Warren,
having about two years before that time resigned the position of
lieutenant in the United States navy and devoted his time to the
study of the law.
Mr. Ingersoll commenced the practice of
the law in Warren, and was soon after appointed clerk of the
court of common pleas, which office he filled for seven years,
and was then appointed clerk of the supreme court of Trumbull
county. After his term of clerkship expired he returned to
the bar and formed a partnership with Nathan O. Humphrey,
a sketch of whose life appears in this work, and continued the
practics of his profession until his health failed him.
Mr. Ingersoll was an upright and
honorable man, and had the confidence not only of his intimate
friends and neighbors, but of the entire community. He
died in 1875, and was interred in Oakwood cemetery, at Warren.
Mr. Ingersoll had five children to lament his
loss. His wife died before him.
On the decease of Mr. Ingersoll the bar
of Trumbull county met and passed resolutions of
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respect and condolence, and attended his funeral in a body.
The funeral rites were in Christ church, Warren, where his
friends and neighbors assembled in great numbers. Let the
writer of this say of him, he was a true man.
DAVID D. BELDEN
received most of his academic education at the West Farmington
seminary. After getting through with his academic course he
commenced the study of the law in Warren; was admitted to the bar,
and commenced the practice of his profession. He had not been
long at the bar when he was elected prosecuting attorney of Trumbull
county, which office he filled with credit until the close of his
term. Soon after that he went to Omaha, and from there to
Denver, where he now resides engaged in mining and practicing his
BENJAMIN F. CURTIS.
We believe that Benjamin F. Curtis came to Warren from
Geauga county, Ohio. He opened an office here and
commenced the practice of the law. He was well educated
and read in his profession.
After a little time he went in the county clerk's
office, under Warren Young, where he remained for
some time, and was afterwards appointed collector of customs at
Warren, on the Pennsylvania and Ohio canal. After his
retirement he again resumed the practice of law, which he
continued with much ability and success to the time when he
removed to Grand Haven, Michigan. There he acquired a good
reputation as a lawyer, and was very successful.
While in Warren he married Lucy, the daughter of
John Williams, by whom he had one son. In
1880 Mrs. Curtis went on board a steamer bound for
Chicago, and when not far from the middle of Lake Michigan the
boat sunk, and Mrs. Curtis and all the other
passengers on board perished. None of the bodies have
since been recovered.
GEORGE L. WOOD
was admitted to the bar, we believe, in Geauga county, Ohio.
He soon after came to Warren, Ohio, and commenced the practice
of law, and afterwards became the law partner of C. W. Smith,
and was once elected mayor of the city of Warren.
On the breaking out of the war, Mr.
Wood volunteered his services to the Government - went to
the front and was severely wounded. He returned to Warren
on furlough, and when he sufficiently recovered resumed his
profession, and after the close of the war, he and his wife,
Jane Tod, daughter of Dr. Jonathan I. Tod,
removed to the State of Mississippi, where he opened an office
and commenced the practice of his profession. He did not,
however, long remain there, as declining health admonished him
that he had better return to the North. He accordingly
went back to Warren, where he soon after died, leaving a wife
and one daughter, who now survive.
Mrs. Wood afterwards intermarried with
General Robert W. Ratliff, who, together with the daughter,
now reside in Warren.
ALEXANDER C. PARKER
was the son of William Parker, and was born in
Bloomfield, Trumbull county, Ohio. He was a very studious
young man, and we believe graduated at Farmington academy.
Afterwards studied law in the Cleveland Law college, where he
graduated, and was admitted to practice law in the State of
Ohio, about 1872. By reason of ill health, Mr.
Parker practiced but a short time, and was compelled to
succumb to the fatal destroyer, and died of consumption in 1876.
Mr. Parker was well educated and thoroughly read
in the profession of his choice. He was a very
conscientious and exemplary man and a great student.
W. J. BRIGHT lived
in Hartford, Trumbull county, Ohio, during his minority.
When he grew up he studied law and was admitted to the bar about
1850 or 1851 in Trumbull county. He had a good many suits
before justices of the peace, but not much practice in the
higher courts in Trumbull county. Soon after he was
admitted, he went West, where we learn he was quite successful
in his profession and died in Indianapolis about 1880. He
was an energetic man and of very considerable ability.
was born in Windsor, Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1818; went to
Warren and studied law with John Erwin, now of
Cleveland, but who then resided in Warren, and was admitted to
the bar in 1843.
He practiced but little, and soon after his ad-
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mission, went into the mercantile business with H. L. Steele,
under the firm name of Morgan & Steele. The
firm did not continue long until Mr. Iddings was
added to it and the firm name changed to Iddings,
Steele & Co. The last named firm did not last very
long when Mr. Steele went out and the firm
reorganized under the name of Iddings & Morgan,
which continued in successful business for thirty years, and
until both members deceased.
Mr. Morgan was married on the 27th day of
June, 1849, to Miss Harriette C. Sheldon, of Martinsburg,
New York. She still survives him and resides at Warren.
They had no children.
GENERAL JOHN CROWELL
was born in East Haddam, Middlesex county, Connecticut, Sept.
15, 1801. His father Samuel Crowell, was the
first settler of Rome township, Ashtabula county. He was a
carpenter, and, like most of the early pioneers, had scanty
means for the education of his children. John
attended school a couple of months in the winter, and worked on
the farm all the rest of the year, so that at his majority his
education was very meager. In November, 1822, he came to
Warren on foot for the purpose of attending the academy, then in
charge of E. R. Thompson, a graduate of Cambridge
university, and an excellent teacher. With the exception of
short intervals, Mr. Crowell attended school here
until February, 1825, at which time he began the study of law in
the office of Hon. Thomas D. Webb. While preparing
for his profession he devoted a portion of his time to teaching,
being for about six months principal of the academy. In
1827 he was admitted to the bar, and immediately began the
practice of his profession. About this time he purchased
an interest in the Western Reserve Chronicle, his partner being
George Hapgood. Mr. Crowell
did most of the writing during his connection with the paper.
His editorials were vigorous and convincing. In 1840 he
was elected to the State Senate. He took high rank as a
debater and sagacious politician. It was the reputation he
made in the Senate, in addition to his success at the bar, which
secured for him the Whig nomination for Congress in 1846. His
competitors were John Hutchins, Abolitionist, and
Judge Ranney, Democrat. Crowell
was elected by a large majority, and again elected in 1848.
In Congress he took grounds with the anti-slavery wing of the
Whig party. After his retirement from Congress he removed
to Cleveland and resumed the practice of law in 1852. In
1862 he was chosen president of the Ohio State and Union Law
college, at Cleveland, a position which he held for fourteen
years. He was also for a number of years editor of the
Western Law Monthly, published in Cleveland. Mr.
Crowell was married in 1833 to Eliza B. Estabrook,
and has a family of four children.
RUFUS P. SPAULDING
now aged eighty-three years and the oldest lawyer
in Cleveland, was for many years a citizen of Warren and a
member of the Trumbull county bar. He was born on the
island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in the year 1799.
At the age of eighteen he graduated from Yale college, and there
prepared himself for the bar. After being admitted he came
West and finally located at Warren. He united with his law
practice school teaching. His name occurs at two different
times among the teachers in the old academy. Although he
was severe in enforcing discipline he is kindly remembered by
his pupils. At the bar he worked his way to the foremost
rank, and had a large practice in Trumbull and adjoining
counties. In 1849 Mr. Spaulding was chosen
to a seat on the supreme bench of the State. After
retiring in 1852 he began practice in Cleveland, where he has
since resided, being regarded as one of the leading
practitioners in Judge Spaulding was elected to
Congress in 1862, and continued to represent his district with
acknowledged ability for three consecutive terms. Though
sixty-five years old when he entered Congress, for punctuality
and close attention to public business he was conspicuous.
Johnson, in his History of Cleveland, says:
After passing the age of seventy he retired from
public life, but did not abandon his interest in public affairs,
and even yet the voice of the octogenarian lawyer, judge, and
congressman is occasionally heard in favor of the policy he
considers to be sound and the principles he believes to be
RUFUS P. RANNEY
was twice, during the earlier period of his practice, connected
with the Trumbull county bar. He was born in Hampden
county, Massachusetts, Oct. 30, 1813. His father, a farmer
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moderate means, exchanged his land in Massachusetts for a larger
tract in Portage county, and removed to the West in 1824.
Like most country people of the period, Mr. Ranney
had no means with which to send his son to school. But
relying upon himself young Ranney found a way of
overcoming difficulties. He chopped wood to pay for his
first Latin dictionary and Virgil, and begun receiving private
instructions from Dr. Bassett, of Nelson, working
at odd intervals to pay his tuition school and manual labor he
earned money enough to go to college. Before graduating he
began the study of law in the office of Giddings &
Wade, at Jefferson, and in the fall of 1836 was admitted to
the bar. He opened an office in Warren but remained in the
county but a short time. Mr. Giddings having
been elected to Congress, Mr. Wade invited young
Ranney to enter into partnership with him. This partner
ship continued nearly ten years, during which time they acquired
the reputation of being the leading advocates in northeastern
Ohio. They were also leading politicians in their
respective parties, Mr. Ranney being a Democrat
and Mr. Wade distinguished as a radical Whig.
When the senior partner was elected common pleas judge in 1845
Mr. Ranney removed to Warren, where he already had
a full practice. He had been a candidate for Congress in
1842 in the Ashtabula district, and was again a candidate in the
Trumbull district in 1846, and a third time in 1848. These
nominations, however, were accepted only “for the party's sake,”
there being no hope of election on the Democratic ticket.
In 1850 Mr. Ranney, Jacob Perkins,
and Peter Hitchcock were chosen to represent
Trumbull and Geauga counties in the convention to draft a new
State constitution. He took an active part in the debates
before the convention and, as chairman of the committee on
revision, drafted a large part of the instrument which, at the
succeeding election, was adopted as the fundamental law of the
State. While serving as a member of the convention he was
elected by the Legislature to the supreme bench of the State.
The same Legislature elected his former partner, Judge
Wade, United States Senator. After the adoption of the
new constitution Judge Ranney was re-chosen
supreme judge by the people of the State, and filled the
position with credit until 1856, when he resigned and began the
practice of his profession in Cleveland, of which city he has
since been a resident. Judge Ranney is
ranked among the leading lawyers of the country.
GENERAL M. D. LEGGETT
who distinguished himself in the army, and has
since made a reputation at the bar, practiced law in Warren six
years, between 1851 and 1857. He was born at Ithaca, New
York, Apr. 19, 1831. His parents were Friends, and
educated their children in the doctrine of non-resistance and
other peculiar creeds. In 1847 they removed to Geauga
county, Mortimer D. being at that time sixteen years old.
He was a diligent student, though given little opportunity of
attending school. He was self educated, but well educated.
Upon the organization of the Warren schools in 1849, under the
“Akron school law,” Mr. Leggett was chosen
superintendent and teacher of the high school at a salary of
$700 a year. This position he filled until succeeded by
Mr. Cox in 1851. While teaching he had pursued
the study of law, and was admitted to the bar soon after
retiring from the schools. He had a very promising
practice in this county, and at the same time gave considerable
attention to educational matters. In 1857 he removed to
Zanesville to accept the superintendency of the public schools
at that place. In the fall of 1861 he was authorized by
Governor Dennison to recruit a regiment. In the fall
of 1862 he was commissioned colonel of the Seventy-eighth Ohio
volunteer infantry. In November, 1862, he was promoted to
the rank of brigadier-general, and breveted major-general July
22, 1864. In January following he was promoted to the rank
of full major-general. It is said that while in the army
he abstained strictly from drinking and playing cards, and
permitted neither at his head quarters. After the war
General Leggett held the position of United States
commissioner of patents under President Grant's
administration, and as a patent lawyer has acquired a high
standing. His present residence is at Cleveland, Ohio.
JACOB DOLSON COX
is prominent among former members of the Trumbull county bar who
have made for them selves national reputations. He is a
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Montreal, Canada, but his parents were both citizens of the
United States, his father, who was a master carpenter, being
employed temporarily at Montreal during the year 1828, the year
of General Cox's birth. His childhood and
youth were spent in New York until 1846, when he entered Oberlin
college, where he graduated in 1851. In the fall of that
year Mr. Cox removed to Warren, having been chosen
superintendent of the schools. He served as superintendent
and principal of the high school three years, and at the same
time pursued the study of law. Having in the meantime been
admitted to the bar, he began practice in 1854. His
oratorical ability made him somewhat of a political leader.
Having a radical character of mind, and being the son-in-law of
the radical president Finney, of Oberlin college, he was
the choice of the sturdy Reserve Abolitionists for the position
of Senator in the State Legislature in 1859. Political
controversy was at its highest pitch, and the principles of the
new Republican party were not yet settled. There were
three members of that Senate distinguished for their radicalism—Professor
Monroe, of Oberlin, Mr. Cox, and
Professor Garfield, of Hiram. Before the close
of the second session of that Legislature the fall of Sumter had
made them leaders of the Assembly. Senator Cox
had for some time been a general officer in the State militia,
and in that capacity had demonstrated military talent.
After the bombardment of Fort Sumter he abandoned all
professional and official duties, and devoted himself to
organizing the Ohio contingent. He was on Apr. 23, 1861,
commissioned brigadier general of Ohio volunteers. With
the opening of the Rebellion General Cox's
connection with Trumbull county was severed. On the field
he maintained an honorable standing, attaining to the rank of
major-general of volunteers. In the fall of 1865, while in
command of the Department of Ohio with headquarters at Columbus,
General Cox was elected Governor of Ohio, to
accept which he resigned his position in the army. After
the war General Cox became a leader of the
conservative wing of the Republican party, and in the earlier
part of the unfortunate controversy between President
Johnson and Congress he took open ground on the side of the
President. The fact, of his being Governor made his
position on this engrossing political issue conspicuous.
He declined to be
a candidate for re-nomination for the Governor ship, and retired
to the practice of his profession. He was chosen by
President Grant, upon the organization of his first
cabinet, Secretary of the Interior. He resigned on account
of differences with the President, and has since been a resident
though now a resident of Cleveland, must be classed among the
public men from Trumbull county. He was for more than
twenty-five years connected with the Warren bar; was during all
that time an active politician, and represented for four years
the district to which the county was attached in the Congress of
the United States. His father, Samuel Hutchins,
and his mother, whose maiden name was Flower, were both
natives of Connecticut. They removed to the Reserve in
1800, making the whole journey from Connecticut with an ox team,
and settled in Vienna township. John, the fourth
child, was born July 25, 1812. He worked on the farm and
attended the common school until twenty years old. He
subsequently attended Western Reserve college. In 1835
Mr. Hutchins began the study of law in the office of
David Tod and was admitted to the bar in 1838 at
New Lisbon, Columbiana county. After practicing about one
year he received the appointment of clerk of the courts for
Trumbull county, which position he filled five years. Upon
resuming practice Mr. Hutchins was received into
partnership with Tod & Hoffman. He was
afterwards associated with J. D. Cox until official
positions interrupted the practice of both. Mr.
Hutchins had been a pronounced anti slavery man from the
beginning of his career, and became a radical Republican after
the organization of that party. Hoffman, Sutliff,
King, Hutchins, and a few others were avowed
promoters of the “Underground Railroad” emancipation project,
and when at last there was a political movement which gave hope
of the triumph of freedom, these same men were found in the
front ranks. Mr. Hutchins was nominated in
1858 to succeed the venerable and honored Giddings in
Congress. He was active in defending the honor of the
Government before secession, and when rebellion broke out bent
his energies in Congress to provide for our
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armies and at home to recruit those armies. He was
succeeded in Congress at the end of his second term by
General Garfield, and again devoted himself to the
practice of his profession, never, however, losing an
opportunity to promote the Union cause as long as the war
lasted. In 1868 he removed to Cleveland, and has since
been practicing in that city. While in Warren he took an
active part in educational matters, and was one of the leading
advocates in 1849 of the graded school system. He married
Rhoda M. Andrews and has a family of five children.
MELANCTHON C. HART,
son of Joseph C. Hart, of Farmington township, Trumbull
county, was born Dec. 15, 1846. He received his
preliminary education in the schools of his native town, Western
Reserve seminary, West Farmington, and at Allegheny college,
Meadville, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1869 Mr.
Hart began the study of law in the office of Hutchins,
Tuttle & Stull, and was admitted to practice in
June, 1871. He opened an office in Hubbard, Trumbull
county. Mr. Hart was elected clerk of
Trumbull county in October, 1872, and was re-elected in 1875.
Retiring from office Jan. 1, 1879, he removed to Cleveland, and
has since been practicing in that city. He married in 1872
Miss Mary Camp, of Akron, Ohio.
JUDGE JOEL W. TYLER now of Cleveland, was
born in Portage county, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1823. He was
educated at the Western Reserve college at Hudson, taking a
classical course. He engaged in teaching school when quite
young, was engaged in teach many years, and was principal of an
academy in Geauga county. He received much valuable in
struction from Dr. P. C. Bennett, in Geauga county.
He studied law with Mr. Wheaton, in Hudson, two
years, and one year with Tilden & Ranney, of
Ravenna; was admitted to the bar at Ravenna, and commenced
practice in Garrettsville, in 1846 or 1847. In the fall of
1850 he removed to Kent, where he soon after became connected
with the Atlantic & Great Western railroad, and subsequently
filled the position as attorney for the road for many years,
rendering it in that capacity valuable and efficient service,
which was appreciated and gratefully acknowledged by the
company. In 1856 he removed to Mansfield, where he resided
until 1858, when he came to Warren, forming a part nership in
the practice of law with Judge Birchard. In
1860 he was elected to the office of probate judge of Trumbull
county. The office came to him wholly unsolicited, and he
declared his purpose in accepting the position to resign in
favor of the first wounded soldier of the county who should be
capable of discharging the duties of the office. He was
re-elected in 1863, but after serving one year, and on the
return of Judge Yeomans from the army, he resigned
in favor of Yeomans, who was appointed his successor.
During his incumbency of this office Judge Tyler
invariably gave his services to soldiers, their wives or widows,
without charge. After his resignation of the office of
probate judge, he resumed his former position as attorney for
the Atlantic & Great Western, removing to Cleveland in 1865.
He continued to act as attorney for the road until its
foreclosure, and upon the organization of the Cleveland &
Tuscarawas Valley railroad, accepted the same position for that
road, which he still holds. He has also a large private
Tyler was married in 1847 to Miss Sarah A. McKinney,
and has two sons, Charles W., editor of the Sunday Voice,
and William W.
is the oldest among the living members of the bar of the county,
having been in practice here for nearly fifty years, Judge
Newton, of Canfield, being, perhaps, the only lawyer his
senior in this part of the State. Mr. Abellis of
English descent and was born at Borzah, London County,
Connecticut, Jan. 17, 1794. His father, Jesse Abell,
was a farmer, but Azor was not required to do very much farm
work. He attended district school and at the age of
fourteen began to teach. He continued teaching and
studying for several years. In 1822 he removed to Ohio,
reaching Canton May 10th. He had already been reading law
in Norwich, Connecticut, for some time. After being at
Canton eighteen months he was admitted to practice in this
State. In the fall of 1823 Mr. Abell removed to New
Philadelphia. While at New Philadelphia he was appointed
by the county commissioners to fill out an unexpired term of a
deceased auditor. He was subsequently elected
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to the office of two terms. About this time he spent
between two and three years on a collecting tour in the South.
In the spring of 1834 he removed to Trumbull county, locating in
Warren. He has made Warren his home since that date,
practicing law, with the exception of a few years spent in
mercantile business, until incapacitated by age. In 1838
he formed a partnership with John Crowell, which
continued six years. He practiced alone during the rest of
the time. "Father Abell," as he is called among the
members of the bar, is now eighty eight years of age.
Until very recently he had been in good health, and within the
past year argued with all the vigor of youth a case in the
common pleas court.
Since the above was written Mr. Abell departed
this life. His death occurred in Warren, Mar. 23, 1882.
JEFFERSON M'LAIN was born during
Jefferson's administration, Oct. 23, 1801, in Huntingdon county,
Pennsylvania. He came to Ohio in 1828; settled in Warren
In 1830. He studied law under Judge Fuller
and J. M. Edwards, and was admitted to the bar in 1842.
Very little of his life has been devoted to the exclusive
practice of his profession, and during much of his time he has
been actively engaged in other business. From 1830 to 1839
he edited the Warren News Letter. From 1842 to 1845 he was
postmaster at Warren. From 1840 to 1876 he was engaged in
the banking business. He was also mayor of Warren for
several years. In 1845 he became an active member and
ardent admirer of the fraternity of Odd Fellows, and during his
membership he has been honored with some of the highest
positions in the order. From 1852 to 1853 he served as
grand patriarch; from 1855 to 1856 he was grand master, and for
a series of years was grand representative to the Sovereign
Grand lodge of the world. He is also a prominent member of
the Masonic order and other kindred organizations, whose
tendency is to elevate mankind and bring men into closer
relations with the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.
MERRILL TUTTLE was born June 19, 1815, at
Torrington, Litchfield county, Connecticut, near the birth-place
of John Brown. He is of English descent.
His ancestor, William Tuttle, landed in America a
few years after the Pilgrims. Common labor upon his
father's farm occupied the subject of our sketch until in his
sixteenth year. Then mechanical matters began to interest
him, and from that time until twenty-one he was a clock maker.
The winter he was twenty years old he taught school. He
had studied at home, in the fields, in the clock shop, and at
the schools to which he had access. At the age of
twenty-one he quit the clock business, and during the following
winter he attended school. In the spring of 1837 he
commenced his legal studies in the office of William S.
Holaviard, district attorney of the United States for the
district of Connecticut, and postmaster at Winsted. He
read here about eighteen months, clerking in the postoffice at
the same time. His health failing, he went home and spent
the summer in recuperating. In the fall of 1838 his people
removed to Ontario county, New York. Here he taught select
and district schools until their removal to Ohio, in the
following May. The family settled in Colebrook, Ashtabula
county. After working there about a year, he attended
school for a few months at Austinburg. He soon after
resumed his law studies with Wade & Ranney, of
After reading about ten months he
was ad mitted to the bar Sept. 1, 1841. He began the
practice of his profession at Windsor, where he taught select
school during the winter of 1842–43. He remained there
until January, 1844, when he removed to Warren, where he has
since remained. He first formed a partnership with
Judge Humphrey, then with Alexander
McConnell and William Whittlesey, then with
Hon. M. Sutliff, then with J. M. Stull, then
with both Sutliff and Stull. In October,
1866, he was elected judge of the court of common pleas.
Jan. 1, 1862, six months before the expiration of his term of
office, he resigned the judgeship and formed a law partnership
with F. E. Hutchins. This partnership continued
until Jan. 1, 1882. In 1873 he was one of the most learned
and laborious workers in the State constitutional convention.
Judge Tuttle has
been from early youth a great lover of books. We have heard him
relate an account of a visit, made by him when a boy,
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to the home of a clergyman of his town. The library of the
latter, containing probably two hundred volumes, stood open,
and, upon what appeared to him as most magnificent facilities
for the acquirement of knowledge, he feasted his famished
vision. With access to such a library he would be happy.
Books were few with him, but those obtainable were eagerly
devoured and thoroughly digested. His early ambition is
gratifying itself, and he is now the possessor of probably the
largest library of law and miscellaneous books in Trumbull
was born Nov. 22, 1821, in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania.
His parents were Adam and Nancy (Askew) Palm. His
father was descended from John Palm, who emigrated
from Germany in 1760. Adam Palm settled in
Trumbull county in 1822. Jefferson attended the
common schools of that day until nineteen years of age, when he
commenced the study of law with William L. Knight, of
Warren. He finished his studies with John M. Edwards,
and was admitted to practice in 1844. During his practice
here he has held the office of justice of the peace twelve
years. In 1862 he commenced the publication of the Warren
Constitution. After editing this paper for five years he
sold it to Judge Birchard. Mr. Palm
was commissioned postmaster of Warren by President
Johnson, holding the office during his administration.
Upon the suspension of the savings bank of T. J. McLain &
Son, he was made the assignee of its effects, and much of his
time since then has been occupied in the settlement of its
CHARLES ADAMS HARRINGTON
was born June 16, 1824, upon a farm in Greene township, where
his parents, William and Helena (Bascom) Harrington, have
resided since 1817. Until twenty-one years of age he
remained at home, at intervals teaching and at tending school.
He began to teach when seven teen years old and continued for
many winters. He attended Western Reserve seminary at
Farmington, Grand River institute at Austinburg, and in 1845
entered Oberlin college. Here he remained until the last
term of his junior year. Being unwilling to study Hebrew
he left the course which he had intended completing. Soon
after this he opened a select school in Greene. This
school he continued with good success for about six years. While
here he began to study law. In 1846 he commenced to read
with Crowell & Abell, of Warren. In 1848 he
was admitted to the bar. He continued teaching in Greene,
practicing his two professions together. In 1860 he was
elected clerk of courts. He held the office two terms.
About this time President Johnson had appointed
Alexander McConnell assessor of internal revenue for
the Nineteenth Congressional district. The Senate refused
to confirm his appointment. The President then consented
to appoint an assessor upon the recommendation of the
Republicans of the district.
A consultation held in some haste among some of the
leading Republicans resulted in the choice of Mr.
Harrington. He was notified and his consent obtained.
The appointment was made and confirmed. In March, 1867, the
month following the expiration of his term of office as clerk of
courts, he assumed the duties of assessorship. He
continued to hold this office until it was abolished in May,
1873. In the following winter he went into the
office of W. T. Spear to assist him in the management of
his business. Two years later, in 1876, the law firm of
Spear & Harrington was formed. This partnership
continued until Mr. Spear's elevation to the bench in 1878.
With the exception of a very few years Mr.
Harrington has been a valued and faithful member of the
board of education of Warren, and much of the time its
president, since 1867. He has also held the office of city
solicitor in that city. At the organization of the Second
National bank of Warren, he was one of the incorporators, and a
member of the first board of directors.
HON. ALBERT YEOMANS
is the son of Joshua and Harriet (Cole) Yeomans. He
was born at Kinsman, Trumbull county, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1826.
The youthful intellect of the future probate judge was
cultivated and matured in district school, Kinsman academy, and
Grand River institute at Austinburg. In 1845, at the age
of nineteen, he went to Warren and commenced the study of the
law with General Crowell. He had expected to
follow the life of a farmer; but after his return to it he was
so frequently called from the field to attend to legal business,
that he decided to go to
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Warren and make application for admission to the bar. His
application was successful, and he immediately engaged in active
practice. During the civil war he was a soldier in the
Union army for upwards of two years. At the battle of
Chickamauga he received a wound from a minie ball, which he
carried a year, causing a permanent lameness.
After the war he returned to Trumbull county, and in
the fall of 1864, was elected probate judge. His chief claim to
public notice was earned by his able conduct of the business of
this office during his long administration. From his
election, in 1864, he held the office of probate judge
continuously until Feb. 9, 1879. Since then he has been
engaged in practice in Warren.
FRANCIS EDWIN HUTCHINS
was born in Huntington township, Litchfield
county, Connecticut, Sept. 16, 1826. His parents were
Myron M. and Mary M. (Porter) Hutchinson. The subject
of our sketch, when a young man, upon the suggestion of friends,
dropped the last syllable of his family name. When quite
young his parents removed to Portage county, Ohio. After a
residence of two years in Ohio, they removed to Kalamazoo
county, Michigan, settling upon a farm in the backwoods. A
hut of rough logs was superseded in a few years by a more
pretentious house of hewed logs. Their nearest neighbor
was a mile away, and the nearest school house two miles farther,
through an almost unbroken forest. Here, in “God's first
temples,” young Hutchinson passed the days of his youth.
He attended school altogether about six months. Much of
his time was spent in the manufacture of split shingles, in
which he became very expert, and in attendance on an “up and
down" saw-mill; hunting raccoon, deer, and bear for diversion.
In the fall of 1844 the Hutchinson family removed
to Youngstown, Ohio, driving through from Michigan.
Young Hutchinson brought with him $45, earned during
the previous summer. He learned upon arriving within the
pale of civilization that his summer's work had availed him
nothing; his barbarous employer had paid him in counterfeit
notes. For a short time during the following winter he
attended school at Boardman, working nights and mornings to pay
expenses. In the summer of 1845 he attended Poland academy,
working the garden of the principal for board and tuition.
During the next summer he ran on a canal boat between
Youngstown and Cleveland; first as man-of-all-work, and then as
captain of the T. S. Morely, owned by John Kirk,
of Youngstown. In the winter of 1845–46 he attended school
in Youngstown, at the old brick school-house called “Science
Hill,” Hiram A. Hall, preceptor. Here he studied
the principles of the Latin language. An incident will
illustrate the proficiency of the class in this department.
A member, afterwards a well-known business man in Youngstown,
being called upon to translate the sentence, anima corpore
major est, did so as follows: “The major is a greater animal
than the corporal.”
ROBERT WILSON RATLIFF is one of the most
prominent of Warren's soldier lawyers. He was born June
30, 1822, in
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Howland township, and is the son of John and Elizabeth
(Wilson) Ratliff. He worked on the homestead farm,
attending district school during the winter until eighteen years
of age. The next three or four years were spent in
teaching and attending select school. About 1844 he began
to read law with H. Canfield in Warren. His
law studies proper were concluded in the office of Wade &
Ranney. In 1846 he was admitted to the bar.
While pursuing his legal studies he taught school during two
terms in a school-house located upon a part of the lot now
occupied by his residence. After his admission to the bar
he was book-keeper and teller in the Western Reserve bank for a
period of six years. He afterwards formed for a short time
a law partnership with Hon. B. F. Hoffman, which lasted
until the latter's election to the judgeship. Mr.
Ratliff then went into partnership with John Hutchins
and J. D. Cox. Two years later, upon the election
of Mr. Hutchins to Congress, the firm became, by
the accession of W. T. Spear, Cox, Ratliff &
Spear. This firm continued in practice here until Mr.
Ratliff entered the army. The day after Fort Sumter
was fired on he went to Columbus and upon his return assisted in
organizing military companies in this county and in Cleveland
until August, 1861, when he was made lieutenant-colonel of the
Second Ohio cavalry. He accompanied that regiment to
Kansas, and made the Indian expedition to the Cherokee nation,
assisting in restoring the Union Cherokees to their territory.
Early in 1863 he was ordered with his regiment to Columbus,
where it was remounted and rearmed, and from there sent into
Kentucky, and thence into Tennessee. After the battle of
Jackson's Farm Colonel Ratliff resigned and
came home, raising the Twelfth Ohio cavalry, of which he was
made first lieutenant-colonel Oct. 12, 1863. On the 20th
of the November following he was promoted to the colonelcy.
With this regiment he served until mustered out. On Mar.
13, 1865, Colonel Ratliff was made
brigadier-general “for gallant and meritorious service in the
expedition under Generals Burbridge and
Stoneman in southwest Virginia.” Colonel Ratliff
was severely wounded at Duck Creek, Tennessee. In 1867
General Ratliff resumed his law practice in Warren. He was
one of the incorporators of the Second National bank of Warren.
JOHN M. STULL was born in
Liberty township, Trumbull county, Ohio, May 16, 1823. His
father, James Stull, was of German descent.
His mother's maiden name was Catharine McIlree;
although born in Scotland, she was of Irish origin. His
parents removed from Liberty to Farmington when he was six years
old. When he was twelve years old his father died, leaving
him to care for and be cared for by his mother. At the age
of nineteen he went to learn the blacksmith's trade with
Abraham Anxer, of Hamden, Ohio. He worked with
Anxer two years and then returning to Farmington opened a shop
there. About six months after his return to Farmington,
while shoeing a horse by lamplight, he received injuries which
disabled him from longer pursuing this occupation.
Young Stull had, up to this time, only a very limited
education; but, his body disabled, his intellect began to
prepare to assert itself. He attended Farmington academy,
studying during the summer, and teaching in the South in the
winter. While in the South he established at Nashville,
Tennessee, a business college. He began his law studies at
the age of twenty-seven, with Judge Barbee, of
Campbellsville, Kentucky. His studies were continued
through the various vicissitudes of a southern schoolmaster's
life, until his return to Ohio. He was admitted to the bar
of Warren, in May, 1853. The same month he was married to
Florilla W. Wolcott, daughter of Deacon Lewis
Wolcott, of Farmington. He immediately began the
practice of his profession at Warren. He has been
associated in partnership with Hon. G. M. Tuttle, Hon.
M. Sutliff, F. E. Hutchins, and Hon. C. E. Glidden.
In the fall of 1858 Mr. Stull was elected
prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county. He served in that
office one term at that time, but four years later was
re-elected, holding the office two terms longer. In the
spring of 1858 he was elected mayor of Warren. He has ever
been one of the most active and influential politicians of this
section. During several of the most exciting campaigns in
the experience of the party he was chairman of the Republican
central committee of his county. For the last ten years he
has been an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal church.
To him and a few others of similar liberality and activity this
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is largely indebted for the magnificent church edifice, which is
the pride of its congregation in Warren.
HON. LUCIAN CURTIS JONES
has always been a resident of Trumbull county.
He was born in Hartford township Dec. 25, 1822. His
father, Elam Jones, and his mother, Sarah
(Hyde) Jones, were both Connecticut people of Puritan blood.
His mother be longed to a family very remarkable for longevity.
Of nine children the one dying youngest was upwards of ninety
and the oldest one hundred and two. Lucian grew up
upon a farm, attending district and select schools, and
beginning a classical course under Rev. Wells
Andrews. He attended Western Reserve college at
Hudson, Ohio, taking an optional course. He attended this
college several years but did not graduate. Most of the
time he was compelled to support himself, in doing which he
learned while there the chair painters' trade. Upon
leaving college he studied medicine with Dr. Robert M. Beebe,
of Hartford, attending lectures at Columbia Medical college, in
Washington, District of Columbia, and reading in the office of
the famous Professor Sewal. After taking the degree
of M. D. he practiced in Hartford for about eighteen months.
The practice of this profession did not please the young man as
had the study of its science, and he soon quit it and engaged in
mercantile business. The mismanagement of his partner made
this business as unsatisfactory as the practice of medicine had
been. At the solicitation of John Crowell he
commenced the study of law with him. He was admitted to
practice in company with H. C. Ranney and M. D.
Leggett in 1854.
He practiced law in Hartford until the spring of 1862,
when, in company with E. B. Taylor, of Ravenna, he
located in Warren. This partnership continued until 1876;
soon after its dissolution Judge Taylor went onto
the bench. He practiced alone for four years, and in May,
1880, formed a partnership with T. I. Gillmer.
Mr. Jones has held many positions of trust and
honor, but none to which he points with more pride than to the
office of justice of the peace, to which he was elected just
before his twenty-first birthday, attaining his majority be fore
receiving his commission. He was draft commissioner during
the war. In the fall of 1871 he was elected to the State
Senate, holding the office two terms. Among the important
measures originated by Senator Jones are the
present mining law of Ohio, drafted and carried through by him;
the bill providing for the late revision of the statutes of
Ohio, which he succeeded in passing through a Democratic
Legislature; and the present law governing the appropriation of
private property for public use. On the committees and in
the discharge of his other duties he was known as a hard-working
In politics he is an active Republican, out spoken and
independent. He has been the attorney for the Atlantic &
Great Western railroad company, and its successor, since its
organization. He held the office of registrar in
bankruptcy, except while in the Legislature, from 1867 until the
repeal of the bankrupt law. He was the first city
solicitor of Warren, and in that position was largely
instrumental in bringing about the construction of many of the
extensive public improvements which are the pride of that city.
Mr. Jones was married in January, 1860,
to Sallie C. Stiles, daughter of Henry Stiles,
and a member of one of the oldest families in Warren.
RIVERIUS BIDWELL BARNES was born at Gustafus, Oct. 26,
1827. He is the son of Connecticut parents, Buell and
Marietta (Bidwell) Barnes. He was admitted to the bar
Apr. 21, 1854, having studied under N. L. Chaffee*, of
Jefferson, Ohio. Mr. Barnes is located at Gustavus.
ERASTUS HUMPHREY ENSIGN
was born at Simsbury, Connecticut, Aug. 5, 1821. He was of
English descent, his parents being Eri and Lucretia
(Humphrey) Ensign. "Mack's" early life was
devoted to agricultural pursuits and the tinner's trade, which
he learned. He attended district school, and during one
term the academy at Westfield, Massachusetts. In 1844, his
father having died, he removed with his mother to this county.
In 1846 he was married to Lucinda Shell, of Newton Falls.
In 1853 President Pierce appointed him postmaster at
Newton Falls. He continued in charge of this office,
conducting in connection with it a drug store, during a period
of eight years. His law studies were pursued with D. D.
Belden and J. D. Cox. In 1858, at the age of
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he was admitted to the bar. He had, however, been
practicing in Newton Falls previous to his admission. In
1861 he was elected prosecuting attorney for the county upon the
Union ticket. In the spring of 1862 he removed to Warren.
In 1863 he was re-elected to the office of prosecuting attorney.
During his practice here he has been associated as a partner
with Hon. Mr. Birchard and Hon. L. D.
Woodworth. While with the former he was for a little
more than a year one of the editors of the Warren Constitution.
HOMER NORTON, one of
the oldest members of the Trumbull county bar, has in past years
been in charge of a large practice in justice, probate, and common
pleas courts. He came into the practice after a long time of
service as justice of the peace, and has resided and had his office
in Southington. A detailed sketch will be found in the history
of that town. As a practitioner Mr. Norton has
always been found reliable.
was born near Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10,
1806. During the first twenty years of his life, he worked on
his father's farm, attending such schools as the country at that
time afforded. From 1826 to 1828 he held a position on the
public works of Pennsylvania. From 1828 to 1829 he was
employed as bookkeeper for James Hezlep, of
Youngstown. In 1829 he removed to Austintown, becoming a
partner in the firm of J. Hezlep & Co. in the dry goods
business. Apr. 25, 1832, he was commissioned captain of the
first company, First regiment of Ohio militia, and on
September 19th following he was appointed adjutant of the Fourth
regiment, Colonel David Tod commanding.
In March, 1833, he removed to Newton township, opening a dry goods
store in Milton. In May, 1836, he was elected justice of the peace.
To this office he was subsequently several times re-elected. Jan.
21, 1840, he was commissioned associate judge of the court of common
pleas for Trumbull county. Oct. 24, 1851, he was appointed
postmaster at Milton. In September, 1859, he was admitted to
the bar, and has since then been engaged in practice in this and
adjacent counties. His present home is in Bristol.
HON. WILLIAM T. SPEAR
was born at Warren, June 3, 1833. He is the son of Edward
and Ann (Adgate) Spear. His common education was obtained
in the excellent public schools of his native city. He
commenced the study of law with J. D. Cox in 1856, and was
sworn in as an attorney in 1858. After his admission he spent
eighteen months in Cambridge Law school, graduating there. He
began the practice of his profession in Warren in 1860, as a partner
in the firm of Cox, Ratliff & Spear.
Later the firm became Cox & Spear. After his
dissolution with Governor Cox he practiced alone until 1876, when he
formed a partnership with C. A. Harrington. In
September, 1864, he was married to Frances York. In the
fall of 1871 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the county.
He performed the duties of this office acceptably during two terms.
In the fall of 1878 the term of office of Hon. P. B. Conant
as judge of the court of common pleas in the Ninth judicial district
expired. The subdivision was composed of the counties of
Portage, Mahoning, and Trumbull. Portage county presented to
the Republican convention for re-nomination Judge Conant.
Mahoning county presented several candidates, among them A. J.
Van Hyning, A. W. Jones, and Robert E. Knight. Trumbull
county brought forward the name of W. T. Spear, and after a
persistent effort, prolonged through the day, secured his
nomination. He still holds this office, and is regarded as a
very accurate and just judge.
a member of the Adams family so well known in this
part of the State, is the son of Asahel and Lucy (Mygatt)
Adams. He was born at Warren, Nov. 26, 1829. He
graduated at Yale college in 1857; was admitted to the bar in 1860
at Springfield. In 1864 he received an appointment as
paymaster in the United States army. Although designing to
follow the law as a profession he unconsciously drifted into
insurance. In this business he has been very successful.
HON. EZRA B. TAYLOR
is of New England stock. His parents, Elisha and Theresa
(Couch) Taylor, came from Massachusetts, Berkshire county,
settling in Nelson, Port age county, in 1814. Nine years
afterwards, July 9, 1823, Ezra B was born. His parents were
poor, but he attended school during the
winter months until seventeen years old, studying a great deal at
home. He had early set his heart upon a professional life, and
his law studies were begun when quite young. He read law with
Judge Robert F. Payne, then of Garrettsville, afterwards of
Cleveland, and was admitted to practice in 1845. He
immediately began practice, and in 1847 removed to Ravenna and
opened an office there. In 1849 he was married to Harriet
M. Frazier, of Ravenna. In 1854 he was elected prosecuting
attorney of Portage county. He continued to reside in Portage
county until the spring of 1862, when he removed to Warren, forming
a partnership with L. C. Jones. He has ever since
resided in Warren. In 1864 he enlisted as a private in the One
Hundred and Seventy-first regiment, Ohio National guards, serving
three months. On its return home the regiment elected him
colonel. The firm of Taylor & Jones dissolved in
In 1877, upon the petition of nearly every member of
the bar in this sub-division of the judicial district, he was
appointed by the Governor to succeed Judge Servis, who
had died shortly after his election to the judgeship. At the
election held in October of the same year the people continued
Judge Taylor in the position to which the Governor had
appointed him. Judge Taylor remained upon the
bench until the fall of 1880. General Garfield
having been called to a higher place, it became necessary to select
his successor as Representative of the Nineteenth Congressional
district. The Republican convention met in Warren, Aug. 12,
1880. The friends of Judge Taylor took his name
into the convention backed by the almost solid delegation from
Portage and Trumbull counties. From Ashtabula county came
Hon. S. A. Northway and Hon. W. P. Howland with a
powerful following. From Geauga county came Hon. Peter
Hitchcock. Captain J. B. Burrows, of Lake county, G.
H. Ford, of Geauga, and B. A. Hinsdale, of Portage
county, were also mentioned in the convention. The contest was
an exciting one, and lasted until late in the evening, resulting in
the nomination of Judge Taylor. At the election
following he was triumphantly elected. In politics he has been
since the organization of the party an uncompromising Republican,
and his oratorical powers, which at the bar distinguished him as an
advocate, have enabled him to do upon the stump signal service for
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HUNTER was born at Lowellville, now Mahoning county, Ohio,
Aug. 31, 1841. His parents removed to Howland, Trumbull
county, where he grew up a farmer's boy. It was during these
years that the resolution to become a lawyer was formed, and during
the years of preparation, as a student and teacher, it was never
forgotten. The ups and downs, struggles and privations of a
boy determined to rise, with no one to point out the way to render
him much assistance, were all beneficially experienced.
From the position of common school teacher, “boarding
'round,” he was advanced to the more desirable position of
superintendent and principal. He was elected superintendent of
schools at Newton Falls, Ohio, for a third year, and at the same
time, without consultation with him, principal of the grammar school
at Warren. He declined both positions.
A good common school education had been supplemented by
a five years' course in Oberlin college. This course was now
continued for a year at the University of Rochester.
The study of law was formally entered upon at Albany,
New York, in 1864. He was admitted to the New York bar May 26,
1865. The payment of debts accumulated in obtaining an
education compelled him to resort once more to teaching. Two
years later the practice of law was begun in Warren, Nov. 27, 1867.
He served as county school examiner during seven years.
DILLE SANDERSON was born at Youngstown, Ohio, July 6, 1843.
His parents were Matthew Dille and Mary M. Sanderson.
He began the study of law in 1861, with Sanderson & Moore at
Youngstown. From 1862 to 1865 he was a soldier in the Union
army. He completed his law studies with Hutchins & Glidden, at
Warren. He was admitted to the bar in 1867, and the same year
began the practice of his profession at Niles.
GEORGE W. SNYDER
was born in Hartford township in the year 1839. His
educational advantages were such as the schools of the times
afforded. He read law with Hon. L. C. Jones, at Warren,
and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He located in
Orangeville, in which village he has successfully held the positions
of justice of the peace, mayor, and postmaster.
HOMER E. STEWART
is the tallest member of the Trumbull county bar, being six feet two
and one-half inches in height. He was born at Coltsville, then
Trumbull county, Ohio, May 21, 1845. He graduated at
Westminster college in 1867, and began the study of law with Hon.
Milton Sutliff, at Warren, the following fall. He
afterwards attended Albany Law school, graduating in 1869. In
September, 1869, he became a member of the bar of Ohio, and
immediately began the practice of his profession. For about
nine months he was employed by Judge Sutliff in his office.
He then formed a partnership with him, which continued until
Judge Sutlift's death, Apr. 4, 1878. Since then
Mr. Stewart has not been associated with any partner.
Sept. 7, 1870, he was married to Kate L. Sutliff, daughter of
Calvin G. Sutliff, deceased.
JULIUS N. COWDERY
is the son of William W. and Mary A. Cowdery, of Mecca
township, and spent his early life on a farm, attending common
school, Cortland academy, Western Reserve seminary, and Western
Reserve college, graduating in the latter institution in the class
of 1865. In the autumn following he began the study of law
with Tuttle & Stull, of Warren. After reading a
year he entered the law department of the University of Michigan.
He was admitted to practice, at Warren, in April, 1868. In
January, 1869, he located in Hubbard, removing to Niles, his present
location, in November, 1871. In June, 1873, he was married to
Helen Marvin, of Atwater, Ohio.
RICHARD K. HULSE
is the son of Henry K. and Rhoda (Rowley) Hulse. He was
born in Bazetta township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1829.
His father, Henry K. Hulse, came to the county in 1807,
raising a family of thirteen children, of whom the second son,
John, was the first white child born in Bazetta. At the
age of fifteen Richard entered Farmington academy for two
years. At about this time he also taught school for several
terms. He learned the blacksmith's trade in Warren. In
1847 he went to Kinsman, continuing to work at his trade until 1862.
He was married to Hannah Payton, of Chautauqua county,
New York July 4, 1850. In 1862 Mr. Hulse
enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Ohio volunteer
infantry. Among the battles in which he fought were those of
Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, Mission Ridge, and Chickamauga.
He served until after the close of the war, being mustered out with
the rank of captain at Victoria, Texas, in October, 1865.
Returning to civil life, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar
in 1869. He has ever since been located in Kinsman.
THOMAS IRWIN GILLMER is of German-Scotch descent, the son of William and
Catherine (Miller) Gillmer. He was born in Newton
township, Trumbull county, Ohio, May 13, 1844. His father died
when he was eight years of age, leaving him in the care of his
mother, who is still living at the advanced age of eighty-two years.
At the age of twelve years Thomas took charge of and managed
the business of an improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres, in
the winter attending district and academic schools. In the
spring of 1868 he graduated from Iron City Commercial college at
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and in May, 1868, began to read law with
Hon. John F. Beaver. He was admitted to the bar in May,
1870, and began practice immediately in company with his late
preceptor, at Newton Falls, continuing with him until his death.
In September, 1873, he was admitted to practice in the United States
supreme court. In September, 1874, he located in Warren, and
in the fall of 1875 received the Republican nomination for
prosecuting attorney. He was elected and took the oath of
office Jan. 1, 1876. Mr. Gillmer filled this office
two terms with great success. In May, 1880, he formed a
partnership with Hon. L. C. Jones, under the firm name of
Jones & Gillmer. He was married to Helen
Earl, of Newton Falls, Jan. 26, 1870.
HON. WILBUR ASAHEL
REEVES was born in Freedom, Portage county, Ohio, Aug. 5,
1840. His parents, Rev. Asahel and Lyldia (Phelps) Reeves,
came from Lewis county, New York, to a farm in Nelson, Portage
county, Ohio, in 1849. From there they removed to Farmington,
Trumbull county. Here the subject of this sketch resided until
the breaking out of the war. In August, 1861, he enlisted as a
private in company D, Second Ohio cavalry. He remained with
that company until 1862, when he was detailed with others into the
Twenty-fifth Ohio battery, with which command he remained until near
the close of the war. Reenlisting Jan. 1, 1864, for three
years he was detailed as drillmaster, and, toward the close of the
war, to the command of detachments of heavy artillery and United
States infantry, being promoted to the rank of captain. He
returned home Oct. 10, 1865. Captain Reeves had
previously attended district schools and Western Reserve seminary at
Farmington, and he now took a course in Allegheny college, at
Meadville, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1869. He commenced the
study of law immediately with Hutchins, Glidden &
Stull, of Warren, and was admitted to the bar May 4, 1871.
After practicing in Canton for three years in partnership with A.
D. Braden, he returned to Warren, forming a partnership with
John M. Stull, with whom he remained until elected probate judge
of Trumbull county in October, 1878. In 1881 Judge
Reeves was re-elected.
MARLEN ANDERSON CALHOUN is the son of Andrew and Mary J. (Anderson) Calhoun.
He was born in Edinburg, Portage county, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1849.
In the September following, his parents removed to Weathersfield,
Trumbull county. Until about seventeen years of age he
remained upon his father's farm, obtaining during that time a common
school education. He then attended for two years Oberlin
college. After spending a few years in the West he returned to
Trumbull county and began the study of law Oct. 22, 1869. In
April, 1872, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing in
Niles. Up to the time of his admission to the bar Mr.
Calhoun had been a follower of several trades. He was
an exceedingly expert broom maker, and of the masons and carpenters
trade had learned
enough to be able to build his own law office. Feb. 19, 1874,
he was married to Matt I. Tucker, of Silver Creek, New York
While in practice in Niles he held the office of solicitor during
two terms. In April, 1880, Mr. Calhoun moved to
is the son of Julius E. and Ann (Oatley) Hyde. He was
born at Farmington May 7, 1847. By a great personal effort he
was enabled to attendschool at Farmington, during part of his course
SAMUEL BAXTER CRAIG came from Irish stock; his parents were Samuel and
Margaret (Darling) Craig. Samuel, Jr., was born in
Braceville township Oct. 2, 1844. He attended school in Warren
and in Farmington, and subsequently, by his own labors, earned means
enabling him to take a course in Allegheny college at Meadville,
Pennsylvania. He graduated there in 1871, and began the study
of law the same year in the office of Hutchins, Glidden &
Stull; was admitted to the bar in April, 1873, and opened an
office in Warren the following August. He was married to
Mary E. Forbes Oct. 14, 1874.
officiating as bell-ringer boy. He graduated in 1867.
Afterwards he attended Michigan university at Ann Arbor, taking the
degree of Ph. B. in 1870; spent two terms in the law department of
the same institution, graduating in 1872. During the summer
months he had been in the office of Palmer & DeWolf,
Cleveland. He was admitted to the bar of this State at Ashland
July 5, 1872, and immediately, in Warren.
In the fall of 1879, after a lively contest, he obtained the
nomination for the office of prosecuting attorney. He
was elected, served two years, and in October, 1881, re-elected for
a term of three years. He is a faithful political worker on
the side of his convictions, and has served during several campaigns
as secretary of the Republican county central committee.
DIO ROGERS is the son
of James and Elizabeth D. (Jaureson) Rogers; he was born at
East Palestine, Columbiana county, Ohio, Apr. 24, 1850. His
common school education was confined to the English branches.
He taught school during three years at his native village. He
read law with Rogers & Rogers, his brothers, and was
admitted to practice in April, 1874. In the summer of 1874 he
opened an office in Hubbard, where he has ever since remained.
WILLIAM B. MORAN is the son of Francis and Bidnigh E. (Taylor) Moran, and was
born in Leitrim county, Ireland, July 11, 1846. He emigrated
to America with his parents in 1852, locating in Trumbull county.
By his own efforts Mr. Moran secured a good education,
afterwards spending some time in teaching. In 1870 he began
the study of law, and in 1872 entered the office of Hutchins,
Tuttle & Stull. He was admitted to practice
Sept. 28, 1874, locating in Vernon. He has once or twice been
a candidate before the Republican convention for the nomination for
was born in Howland township, Trumbull county, Ohio, June 28, 1846.
He remained upon a farm, attending district school, a school at
Newton Falls, and the McNealey Normal at Hopedale, Ohio, until 1872.
He then went to commercial college at Cleveland. In September,
1873, he entered Albany Law school, where he graduated May 5, 1874.
He was admitted to practice in Ohio Sept. 28, 1874, and soon after
located in Warren.
MERRICK JOHN SLOAN was born Sept. 23, 1844, in Greene township. His
parents were Isaac and Martha C. (Cooley) Sloan. His
early life was passed in the usual juvenile employments of a
farmer's boy. Leaving the farm in June, 1863, he enlisted in
the Union army, serving under two enlistments until the close of the
war; he was finally discharged in July, 1865. The greater part
of his education was obtained subsequently at schools in Greene, at
the Normal at Orwell, and at Oberlin college. He was at
Oberlin, earning his own way, about three years. His law
studies had been begun before going to Oberlin. From 1866
until 1871 he was compelled to spend much of his time in teaching.
In April, 1871, he married Stella S. Fisk, of Oberlin.
His office reading was done in the office of John C. Hale, of
Elyria. He was admitted to the bar in 1874. In the
following year he located in Niles, remaining there until 1880, when
he removed to Warren.
WILLIAM I. METCALF was born in Yorkshire, England, Sept. 4, 1844. When he
was ten years of age his parents emigrated to America, settling in
Grand county, Wisconsin. William continued on his
father's farm, having, from the time he was fourteen years old,
entire charge of it for three years, up to the spring of 1863.
He then started out in the world to seek his fortune; landing in the
oil regions of Pennsylvania when the oil excitement ran high.
Good wages being obtainable, he was soon able to save considerable
money. In September, 1864, he was married to the youngest
daughter of S. P. McFadden, Esq., of Liberty, Trumbull
county, Ohio. In the winter of 1864–65 he gratified an early
ambition to become a book-keeper, and took a course in Duff's
commercial college. As a book-keeper he occupied several
responsible positions. He was appointed assignee in bankruptcy
of the large estate of Jonathan Warner, of Mineral
Ridge, discharging the duties of the trust acceptably and well.
In 1871 he decided to study law. He pursued his studies under
the direction of General T. W. Sanderson, and was admitted to
practice Sept. 13, 1875, locating in Mineral Ridge.
A. A. DROWN, son of
Calvin and Jennett (Baxter) Drown, was born in Nelson, Portage
county, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1850. He attended public schools and
Hiram college. He read law with Taylor & Jones; was
admitted to the bar Aug. 20, 1875. Sept. 7, 1875, he was married to
Luella V. Taft, of West Farmington. She died of
consumption Mar. 15, 1879.
DAVID REVILLA GILBERT was born Oct. 22, 1846, in Vernon township. When ten
years of age his parents removed to Gustavus. His father was a
cabinet-maker; and this trade the young man learned. He
attended district schools, and afterwards Oberlin college. He
came to Warren in 1871, and began the study of law, reading in the
office of Taylor & Jones. He was admitted to
practice by the district court at Canfield, Sept. 29, 1873. He
opened an office in Warren in the spring of 1875. In the fall of
1880 he entered into partnership with Hon. E. B. Taylor, with
whom he still continues to be associated.
Source: History of
Trumbull & Mahoning Counties with Illustrations and Biographical
Sketches Vol. I - Publ. Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. 1882 - Page
CHARLES BOSTWICK NEWTON
was born Apr. 11, 1851, in Tallmadge, Summit county, Ohio. He
attended the public schools of Kent, and for two years studied in
private under the instruction of Professor E. T. Suloit.
He began the study of law with Simon P. Wolcott, of Kent, and
qualified as an attorney Apr. 1, 1874. Mr. Newton
then read for a year with W. B. Thomas, of Ravenna, locating
in Newton Falls, May 18, 1875.
Source: History of
Trumbull & Mahoning Counties with Illustrations and Biographical
Sketches Vol. I - Publ. Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. 1882 - Page
EDWIN DOUD KENNEDY
is a descendant of the old Kennedy family, whose
record can be traced back one hundred and fifty years. His
parents were Maxwell and Eveline (Doud) Kennedy. He was
born in Howland township, Nov. 15, 1850. He attended district
school, Courtland academy, Western Reserve seminary, and Hiram
college. At the age of sixteen he began teaching. In
1873 he began his law studies with Ratliff & Moses in
Warren. He was admitted to the bar Sept. 13, 1875, and opened
an office in Warren in the following spring. Mr. Kennedy
is somewhat famous as a speller, an ability in this direction
being hereditary in the family.
ALBERT FREEMAN MOORE
was born in Mahoning county Oct. 2, 1856. He attended public
schools, studied under a private tutor, and subsequently attended
Oberlin college. His law studies were begun with
Judge Birchard in 1874, during a college vacation.
Later he read with J. M. Stull and with Hutchins & Tuttle,
being admitted to the bar Apr. 13, 1877. He was married the
same year to Susie Robinson. He has been in
practice here since 1877, two years of the time in partnership with
E. H. Ensign. In 1877 he was a candidate for the office
of prosecuting attorney on the Democratic ticket. During the
famous controversy concerning water works in Warren he was a
candidate for city solicitor, running one hundred votes ahead of his
THOMAS H. GILLMER
was born in Newton township July 15, 1849. His parents were
James and Jane (McKibben) Gillmer. Mr. Gillmer
attended district school, Newton Falls high school, and the National
Normal at Lebanon. During the fall and winter, from 1870 to
1878, he taught school. His law studies began in 1876, with
General R. W. Ratliff and T. J. Gillmer. He was
admitted to practice Apr. 9, 1878, and opened an office in Newton
Falls the same month.
JOHN WARREN TAYLOR
was born in Mecca township, Nov. 10, 1851, and is the son of
William and Mary A. (Moran) Taylor. His mother died when
he was two years of age, and to his step-mother, Roxa A. (Rhodes)
Taylor he is indebted for the greater part of his early
education. Young Taylor at tended Western Reserve
seminary, that educator of so many Trumbull county lawyers, a little
more than a year. In 1875 he commenced to read law, clerking
in a store and reading whenever an opportunity offered. About
six months of his student life were spent in an office with Hon.
I. C. Jones and D. R. Gilbert. He was admitted to
practice at Warren Apr. 13, 1877. He then took a course in Ann
Arbor Law school, graduating there Mar. 27, 1878. He opened an
office in this city a few weeks later. He was elected justice
of the peace Sept. 15, 1878, holding the office three years.
FRANK DAVID M'LAIN,
the son of General T. J. and Harriet (Doughton) McLain, was
born in Warren Sept. 12, 1854. He completed a course in the
public schools of Warren, graduating in 1873, subsequently attending
Western Reserve college at Hudson. He read law with Spear
& Harrington, and was licensed to practice in 1878, locating
ROBERT T. IZANT was
born at Great Elm, Somersetshire, England, Mar. 18, 1855. His
parents emigrated to America, arriving in Warren in the spring of
1872. In the September following he became a clerk in the
office of John M. Stull. He afterwards studied law in
the same office, and was admitted to the bar Apr. 8, 1878. He
still continues in the employ of Mr. Stull.
JOHN LAFAYETTE HERZOG
was born Feb. 9, 1857, in Warren, Ohio. His parents are William
H. Herzog and Lucia Heiner. His studies were pursued under
Sutliff & Stewart. Apr. 9, 1878, he was admitted to
practice, locating in Warren. In October, 1881, he was elected
justice of the peace.
SERVETUS A. CORRELL
son of Martin and Maria (Weaver) Correll, was born in Newton
July 17, 1849. His early educational advantages were not the
best. Later he attended Hiram college, Alliance college, and
the National Normal at Lebanon, graduating at the latter place.
His law studies commenced at home. He afterwards read with
C. B. Newton and E. B. Taylor. He was sworn in at
Cleveland Sept. 10, 1877, opening an office in Warren in the spring
JOSEPH WILBER GILSON,
son of Robert M. and Sarah Hannah (Gilson) Gilson, was born
at New Derry, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 1851.
His mother died when he was quite young. He attended district
school, and at the age of seventeen went to an academy at Elders
Ridge, Pennsylvania. Here he prepared for college. After
teaching two years he entered the University of Wooster, graduating
in 1873. Within a year he began to read law at Canfield,
reading afterwards in the office of Hutchins & Tuttle,
at Warren. He attended Albany Law school, graduating in 1877.
He was admitted to practice in this State early in 1878, and Apr.
11, 1878, located in Warren. In June, 1879, he formed a
partnership with A. A. Thayer.
F. WILSON is of Irish-German descent. He was born
Apr. 30, 1843, the son of James and Nancy (Welty) Wilson,
the former said to have been the first male child born in
Youngstown, Ohio. James, Sr., was one of the first
settlers in Warren township, and having cleared a farm in a
wilderness of woods, reared there a family of ten children, of
whom James F. is the fourth son. The subject of
this sketch lived on the farm until eighteen years old,
attending district schools in the winter season. In 1861
he enlisted in company C, Nineteenth regiment, Ohio volunteers,
for three years. This regiment was commanded by Colonel
H. G. Stratton. Mr. Wilson afterwards re-enlisted as a
veteran, and was finally discharged in October, 1865. He
spent the next few years attending school and teaching
alternately. In 1871 he graduated from Allegheny college,
subsequently he was superintendent of public schools in Chagrin
Falls three years and in Ashtabula four years. He was
admitted to the bar at Jefferson in March, 1878, and in the
August following located in Warren, for which city he is now
solicitor. Dec. 18, 1872, he was married to Hattie R.
Larned, of Chagrin Falls.
ALBERT ANSON THAYER
was born at Freedom, Portage county, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1850. His
parents were Charles A. and Mary (Nisetter) Thayer. His
law studies were begun with H. C. Ranney, of Ravenna, in
1868. He afterwards read in the office of F. R. E. Cornell,
attorney-general of Minnesota. After reading here a year and a
half he was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 1871. In the
following year he was admitted to the bar of this State, after being
admitted and practicing in a number of the southern States.
Mr. Thayer located in Warren in the fall of 1878.
Shortly afterwards he associated himself with J. W. Gilson.
The firm of Thayer & Gilson subsequently united with
General R. W. Ratliff under the firm name of Ratliff,
Thayer & Gilson. Mr. Thayer was
married in September, 1881, to Miss Lizzie B. Williamson, of
WILLIAM THOMAS FEE
is the son of Dr. William M. and Mary M. (Barnheizel) Fee.
He was born at Niles, May 6, 1854. Five years later his
parents removed to Franklin, Pennsylvania. He attended the
State Normal school at Edinboro one year, Oberlin college four
terms, and subsequently Lafayette college, where he graduated in
1876. He then went to Germany, attending, during two years at
Goetingen. He returned home in 1878, and began the study
of law at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, under M. Brosius,
concluding his studies in Niles. He was admitted at Warren
Apr. 3, 1879, locating in Niles in the following July; he was
elected solicitor there. In the spring of 1880 he located in
JOHN EVERTON PICKERING
the son of Barzilla and Eliza Pickering, was born in
Worcestershire, England, Mar. 4, 1852. He came to America
with his parents in 1865, settling in Trumbull county; attended
Western Reserve seminary six years, graduating in 1876. He
commenced to read law in his senior year, reading under the
tutorship of Judge Tuttle and Washington
Hyde. He was admitted to practice at Cleveland, and
subsequently opened an office in Trumbull county in October, 1879.
CHARLES H. STROCK
was born in Newton township Nov. 10, 1849. His parents,
Gideon and Sarah Strock, separated in 1865, and Charles
started out in life for himself. He worked at farming and
lumbering until 1870, when he began to teach. He attended
normal schools at Lebanon and at Medina, and continued teaching.
In 1878 he entered the law office of T. H. Gillmer at Newton
Falls. In the following spring he entered the office of
Jones & Gillmer, at Warren. He was admitted to practice
May 5, 1880, opened an office at Niles Aug. 1, 1880, and was
selected solicitor of Niles the following spring.
CHARLES SMITH FREER the son of Josiah D. and Caroline P. Freer, was born
at Courtland, Aug. 18, 1848. He graduated from Warren union
schools in 1867; read law with General R. W. Ratcliff; was
admitted to the bar Aug. 29, 1869; practiced one year in Licking
county as a member of the firm of Dennis & Freer; left
practice to engage in other business in Niles in 1870, and resumed
practice in 1881 in Warren. He has served six years in the
Ohio National guard, and is now captain of the Second battery of
WOODFORD was born in Hartford township, Mar. 15, 1847,
and was the son of Almon O. and Nancy J. (Parsons) Woodford.
He took the degree of bachelor of arts at Oberlin college in
1872. Until 1876 he was superintendent of public schools
at Van Wert, Ohio. He commenced to read law in 1875,
spending a year of his studentship in the office of Hon. l.
C. Jones; he was admitted in 1877. From 1877 until
1881 he was principal of the Warren high schools. He began
the practice of law in Warren in September, 1881. During
the war Mr. Woodford served as an hundred days' man in
the Fortieth Wisconsin.
JAMESON was born July 24 1856, in Bazetta township. His
parents were B. P. and Sarah A. (Blair) Jameson. He
attended Allegheny college, and the University of Victoria college
at Cobourg, Ontario. He studied law under Hutchins &
Tuttle at Warren, and was admitted to the bar Mar. 1, 1880.
EDWARD MYERS, son of
Dr. E. and Mary Rabballd Myers, born at Newcastle,
Pennsylvania, Dec. 27, 1855, read law with W. A. Reeves and J. W.
Taylor. He was admitted Oct. 4, 1881, and opened an office
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