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Henry O. Wright.
SERGRANT-AT-ARMS, H. O. Wright was born at Sandusky, Ohio, January 3, 1842. His parents moved to Sandusky from Oswego, N.Y. in 1830. At the age of sixteen the son left school to clerk in a dry goods store at Plaster Bed, Ottawa county. He enlisted August 8, 1862, in Co. B, 101 O. V. I. In 1863, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and was on duty in Co. G., 8th V. R. C., in Chicago until May 27, 1865, when he re-enlisted and served to the end of the war as First Lieutenant Co. G., 23d Illinois V. V. I., and was mustered out August 8, 1865.
In October of that year, Sergeant Wright accepted a position as clerk in the Scott House, Pittsburg, Pa., remaining until 1869, when he entered the railway service. He ran on P. F. W. & C. Ry. between Pittsburg and Crestline, Ohio, until June, 1872, when he was transferred to the Toledo division, Pennsylvania Co., and four years later was made passenger conductor on that road. He was forced to retire in 1885 on account of a new state law whose test for eye sight he was unable to stand, and he was given the restaurant at the Pennsylvania depot in Toledo, in which business he remained until the restaurant was dispensed with in Nov. 1896. He was out of business until June, 1898, when he was elected Sergeant-at-Arms by the senate of the 73d General Assembly, where he has shown great zeal and efficiency in the discharge of his arduous duties.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Hon. H. C. Mason.
HARRY C. MASON is one of the representatives from Cuyahoga county, this being his
second term in the legislature. He was born in Cleveland, May 22, 1867, and has spent his life in and about that city. His father, a distinguished soldier, was killed in a railroad accident in 1887, and his son thus thrown on his own resources, worked his way through the common schools, studied law at nights while working as a stenographer in day time, and was at length admitted to the 'bar in 1891. He formed a partnership with F. L. Taft under the firm name of Mason & Taft, and is in active practice of his profession. He was first elected to the General Assembly of Ohio in 1895, and was re-elected in 1897, after one of the hottest fights ever known in Cleveland. At the organization of the 73d General Assembly, he was elected Speaker of the House by the votes of Democrats and Republicans who were opposed to bossism in either party. In politics, he is a Republican, and he has fulfilled the duties of his difficult position in an impartial and creditable manner. Mr. Mason is a member of the Elks, Knights of Pythias, and Sons of Veterans.
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Hon. John E. Griffith.
FOR the second time Union county is represented in the General Assembly by John E. Griffith. Mr. Griffith was born in Delaware county and spent his early life on the farm. His education was received in the common schools, at the Denison University, the Spencerian Business College of Cleveland, and the Cincinnati Law School. He began the practice of his profession at Marysville, Union county, and has resided there ever since. Mr. Griffith taught school for two years in his life, and also managed the home farm after his father's death for two years. His ability tested in several minor offices of trust, secured for him the nomination as representative on the Republican ticket in 1895. In the election Mr. Griffith led his ticket and received a plurality of 1477 votes. His good work in the legislature resulted in his renomination and triumphant election in the campaign of 1897. In the organization of the house, Mr. Griffith was made Speaker Pro-tm. He is one of the best workers on either side of the house. Mr. Griffith was married September 19, 1889, to Miss Hanna E. McMillen, and has one daughter. He belongs to the Masons, Odd Fellows, K. P.'s, and O. E. S., and is a member of the Congregational Church.
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Hon. H. C. DeRan.
ONE of the brightest men on either side of the 73rd General Assembly is H. C. DeRan of Sandusky county. He is a Democrat of pronounced principles, aggressive and fluent, and has an enviable reputation both as a committee worker and a speaker.
He was born December 17, 1871, and spent his youth on a farm and at college. He first attended the Normal University at Lebanon, and later the University of Michigan, of which he is a graduate. He taught school in his earlier life but having fitted himself for the bar, he is now engaged in the practice of law in Fremont, associated with Joseph Hunt under the firm name of Hunt & DeRan.
His interest in politics and his ready ability made him the nominee of the Democracy of Sandusky county for Representative in the Seventy-third General Assembly, and he was elected in November over J. J. Brim, Republican, by 1027 majority. His committee assignments are Common Schools, Taxation, and Universities and Colleges. His work is always well done, and his forensic ability makes him alike feared as an opponent and sought as an ally on the floor of the chamber.
Mr. DeRan was married in February, 1894, to Miss Edna Smith. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and the Woodmen of the World.
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Hon. James Joyce.
JAMES JOYCE of Cambridge, Ohio, has represented Guernsey county in both the Seventy-second and Seventy-third General Assemblies. He was born July 2, 1870, at Cumberland, Guernsey county, and was educated in the public schools of his native town. He engaged in teaching for six years, four of which were in the rural districts of his county and two at the High School of Senecaville. During this time he was busied in the reading of law, and in 1891-92, he attended the Cincinnati Law School. In March of 1892 he was admitted to the bar and has since then practiced law in Cambridge.
Mr. Joyce is a Republican of broad principles and deep knowledge both of men and of legislative practice. In the Seventy-second General Assembly he was Chairman of Fees and Salaries and member of Judiciary and Claims committees. He is chairman of the Committees on Judiciary and on Public Buildings and Lands. His legislative experience is wide, and both in the committee rooms and on the floor, where his ready tongue and earnest delivery make him a formidable opponent, is he valuable in creating and shaping legislation.
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Hon. Andrew R. Bolin.
A. R. BOLIN, representative from Pickaway county, was born in Circleville, Ohio, January 15, 1849. He resides in Circleville, where he has engaged in the practice of law since 1873, and is now recognized as one of the leading members of the Pickaway county bar. The Bolin family is of French-Irish descent and came to Circleville in 1834. Mr. Bolin completed the public school course at the age of seventeen, and received A. B. from Miami University at Oxford in 1871, afterward receiving from it the degree of A. M. He graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1873, since which time he has been in active practice of the law.
Mr. Bolin is a vigorous and aggressive Democrat, was candidate for presidential elector in 1880, for Congress in 1888, reducing the opposing majority nearly twelve hundred, and has represented Pickaway county in both the Seventy-second and Seventy-third General Assemblies of Ohio. He is a fluent speaker, and his command of sarcasm makes him a dreaded antagonist. His deep knowledge of legislative forms and procedure renders him especially valuable in the position he holds, and his membership in such committees as Judiciary, Claims and Blind Asylum insures his best work in the interests of the state. He is one of the few men in the chamber who will leave a lasting impress upon the legislation of the year.
Mr. Bolin was married in 1875 to Miss Sophronia I. Rector, and they have a family of two children.
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Hon. Chase Stewart.
FOR the second time Hon. Chase Stewart represents Clark county in the General Assembly of Ohio, his associate being Hon. S. B. Rankin. Mr. Stewart was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio, October 26, 1856. After receiving his early education he attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated at Chicago University in 1880. Adopting the law as a profession, Mr. Stewart attended the National Law School at Washington, D. C., graduating therefrom in 1882. He located at Springfield, Ohio, and began the practice of law in 1883, continuing therein up to the present time. He was Prosecuting Attorney for Clark county for six years, and entered the Ohio General Assembly as a Republican, in 1895. He at once took a prominent part in the councils of his party, and became one of the leaders on the Republican side. Reelected to his seat in 1897, Mr. Stewart returned to the legislature with the reputation of a thorough and earnest worker and a redoubtable antagonist in debate. He is chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House, and the leader of the Republican members. He is always fearless and outspoken, and his intense earnestness, cool head, and ripe judgment have carried the party safely through many a shoal.
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Hon. Joseph E. Schmieder.
JOSEPH E. SCHMIEDER is a native of the county he represents, having been born and reared in Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio. His birth took place January 17, 1868. Mr. Schmieder received his education in the common school and the Institute at Dayton, Ohio, thus preparing himself for active life. The business in which lie is engaged is insurance and collection, and his success has been marked. Mr. Schmieder has always taken a deep interest in politics, and is a Democrat from study and conviction. He has been Justice of the Peace two terms and also Mayor of Minster. He was the Democratic candidate for the Seventy-Third General Assembly in the autumn of 1897, and was triumphantly elected. He allied himself with the conservative members, and is a power on the Democratic side of the house. He was united in marriage October 9, 1892, to Miss Elis Friedrichs, and they have one daughter.
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Hon. H. H. Brecount.
H. H. BRECOUNT, Republican Representative from Champaign County, was born at St. Paris in the county he represents, and has always lived in that vicinity. His education was received at the district schools. Mr. Brecount was one of the many Ohio boys who offered themselves to the Union when rebellion sought to destroy it. He enlisted in the 94th O. V. I., and was present at the burning of Atlanta, and marched behind Sherman from Atlanta to the Sea. Thence he marched northward through the Carolinas, having a horse shot under him at the battle of Bentonville and finally participating in the Grand Review at Washington before his muster out. Returning to his native home he engaged in farming and stock raising. Although a staunch Republican, he has never before held office, except Trustee of the Children's Home at Urbana since its organization. Mr. Brecount is married and has four children. One son, Stanage, and son-in-law, Grant McMorren, are in the grain business at Thackeray and St. Paris his second daughter, Lizzie, is married to J. Frank DeWeese, a farmer of Miami County, and the youngest, Lucy, is still in school.
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Hon. Andrew C. Smith.
THE joint district consisting of Pike and Adams Counties has sent to the General Assembly of Ohio for the second time A. C. Smith. Mr. Smith was born in Adams County, September 17, 1836, and has spent his whole life there, except four years in the service of his country. In his youth Mr. Smith worked at the wool carding trade, but managed, with some assistance from his father, to work his way through North Liberty Academy, and to take up the profession of teaching. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the 24th O. V. I., and after September, 1862, was on duty at the Division and Corps Headquarters. At the close of the war he recommenced teaching, and continued at that work until 1890, since which time he has engaged in farming. Mr. Smith has always been an uncompromising Republican and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. He has been Deputy Census Enumerator and School Examiner for two terms. In 1893, he resigned the nomination for Representative in favor of Hon. S. L. Patterson, of Pike County, but in 1895 he accepted the unanimous endorsement of the Republican convention, and was elected. In 1897 he was again nominated and re-elected to the seat he now holds. Mr. Smith was married October 4,1864, to Miss Mary J. Puntenny, and is a member of the United Presbyterian Church.
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Hon. Thomas R. Smith.
HON. T. R. SMITH, Representative from Delaware county in the Seventy-third General Assembly, is another farmer who holds a seat in that body. He is a native of the county he represents.
In his youth he received his education in the common schools and finished at the Ohio Wesleyan University, returning to manage the farm. Mr. Smith is a steadfast Republican and believes in sound money and protection to American industries. He has held several offices in his county : School Director, School Examiner, Justice of the Peace, etc. He has been twice married, in 1867 and in 1880. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
In 1897, Mr. Smith was the candidate of his party for Representative in the Seventy-third General Assembly, and received the election in November. Since coming to the Legislature, Mr. Smith has shown himself to be an earnest and efficient worker, and his counsel is widely sought in shaping the legislation for 1898.
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Hon. D. O. Rutan
THE Representative from the Carroll-Harrison district in the 73rd General Assembly, is D. O. Rutan, of Carroll county. Mr. Rutan was born in the county he represents on August 16, 1843, and has spent his life therein. His early life was taken up in ordinary farm work, but Mr. Rutan received his education at the common schools of Harlem Springs and Scio College. He engaged in farming and in stock and wool buying. When the war broke out Mr. Rutan offered his services and was a member of the 186th 0. V. I. In civil life Mr. Rutan has been Treasurer of Carroll county, member of School Board, Jury Commissioner, and member of Ohio Commission to Mexican Exposition.
He was elected to the Legislature in 1897 over A. H. Elliott by a majority of 1600. In the Legislature he was one of the nine independent Republicans who organized the House, and one of the seven Republicans who voted for R. E. McKisson for U. S. Senator.
Mr. Rutan was married September 6, 1870, to Anna H. Ebersole, and has two daughters and one son. He belongs to Carroll Lodge, 124, F. & A. M. and Minerva Chapter, 123, R. A. M., and is of the Presbyterian faith.
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Hon. Napoleon B. Ross.
N. B. ROSS, of Putnam County, was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, September 22, 1841. During his infancy his parents, the late J. A. J. and Lucretia T. Ross, removed to Clermont County, Ohio, where he spent his early life, principally employed on his father's farm. After majority, he followed steamboating until 1866, when he matriculated in the Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 1869. In 1870 he was elected Surveyor of Clermont County, and held the office two terms. In 1872-3 he was Superintendent of the Batavia Union Schools. For three years he studied law, but finding the legal profession distasteful, he abandoned it to engage in more congenial pursuits. For two years he was employed as editor of the National Advance. After retiring from the newspaper business he entered the ministry of the Methodist Protestant Church as a member of the Ohio Conference. In 1893, he was crippled in an accident, and then retired from active ministry. In politics he has always been an uncompromising bimetallist and green-backer.
He has devoted much time and money to scientific and philosophic investigation and research, and has made a number of valuable inventions and discoveries. During the present session he has been allowed a patent on the Ross Voting Machine. In 1871 he was married to Arminda C., only daughter of the late W. W. Garder of Clermont county. They have a family of five children, two sons and three daughters, three of whom are married. He was elected to the 73d General Assembly as a Free Silver Democrat by the united votes of the Democratic and Populist parties of Putnam county, receiving a majority of 1946 votes over his Republican opponent.
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Hon. Lot Davies.
ONE of the most striking figures in the 73d General Assembly is Lot Davies, Republican Representative from Jackson county.
Mr. Davies is a native of Wales, having been born there March 30, 1830. His early life was spent in that country, but at the age of eleven he removed to America and settled in Gallia County, Ohio. His education was received at the common schools in that county. Mr. Davies followed the ordinary life of a laboring man from the ages of sixteen to twenty-five, and then became Founder successively in the Gallia, Cambria and Jefferson furnaces, rising to the position of Superintendent and Manager of the Jefferson Furnace Company. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Davies offered his services to his adopted country. He enlisted as private in Co. H., 117th O. V. I. Sept. 29, 1862, and was made First Sergeant of the Company; August 12, 1863, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Co. H. 1st O. H. A., and was mustered out of the service July 25, 1865.
Mr. Davies was married August 22, 1855, to Laura J. Williams, and has four children living. He belongs to the Congregational Church and is a Mason and a member of the G. A. R. He speaks his native language better than any other.
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Hon. C. J. McGlinchey.
TUSCARAWAS county sends to the 73d General Assembly, a practical laboring man and a legislator of marked ability. Mr. McGlinchey was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1869, received some education in the schools of New Castle, and completed it by night study at his home. He is a miner, and has always taken a great interest in organized labor. He has attended all local, district and state conventions of United Mine Workers from his section. He was nominated for the Assembly by the Democrats of his county without his knowledge or solicitation, and although the county is 800 Republican, after the hottest campaign ever known there, in which Mr. McGlinchey spent little money although he spoke a great number of times, he was elected by 400 majority. He is one of the brightest members of the young Democracy, a fluent and logical talker and an unremitting worker.
He has been prominently mentioned as the next Democratic nominee for Congress in his district. He was married January 7, 1892, to Miss Sylvia Brick, and they have two children, Leo and Bernard.
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Hon. Levi E. Meacham.
LEVI E. MEACHAM was born in Parma, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, and has resided in and near Cleveland practically his whole life. His education was received in the common schools. He first engaged in farming, but later became a book-keeper, and by strict attention to business, combined with great ability, gradually drew to the front. He became Deputy Clerk of Courts of Cuyahoga county, Justice of the Peace, and at length Clerk of Courts. He is also interested in electric street railways, but at present is retired from active business life.
During the war Mr. Meacham served in the Sixty-seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He has always been a Republican, and as such was elected, with eight others, to represent Cuyahoga county in the Seventy-third General Assembly. He is chairman of the Committee on Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, and a member of the Committees on Public Ways and on Fish Culture and Game, where he performs his work in an able and efficient manner.
Mr. Meacham was married October 21, 1874, to Miss Lina Biddulph, and their family consists of one son and one daughter. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, a K. P., an Elk, an Odd Fellow, a Forester, and a member of the National Union.
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Hon. J. M. Hunter.
J. M. HUNTER, Representative from Richland county, was born at Rives, Ohio, April 29, 1844, and spent his youth on a farm in Bloomingrove township, Richland county. His education was received at the common schools of his county, and he settled down to the occupation of a farmer, in which he has ever since been engaged. Always an ardent and conscientious Democrat, Mr. Hunter has held several minor offices of trust. He was Township Clerk three terms, 1880 to 1883, resigning in the last month of the third term to accept an appointment as Superintendent of the Richland County Infirmary. This position he held until 1890, three years of which time he was President of the State Infirmary Officials' Association. He was a delegate to the Chicago convention in 1896, and helped nominate W. J. Bryan for President.
Mr. Hunter has been twice married ; in 1874 to Miss Alice Miller, and in 1884 to Mrs. Verda Chew, and has a family of three boys and two girls. He is one of the few members of the Seventy-third General Assembly who represent the county in which they were born and raised. He was elected over Capt. A. H. Condict by 1160 plurality.
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Hon. Arlington G. Reynolds.
LAKE and Geauga counties send one of their most distinguished men to the Seventy-third General Assembly. Judge Reynolds was born November 16, 1849, at Mentor, Ohio, spent his youth on the farm, and was educated at the Willoughby Collegiate Institute and Oberlin College. In early life he engaged in farming and in teaching, but he has been a lawyer since 1884. He was elected Probate Judge of Lake county two terms, and was Mayor of Painesville in 1896. In 1897 he was the Republican candidate for the Seventy-third General Assembly and was elected by 3814 plurality. In the house Judge Reynolds has made several brilliant speeches, and is recognized as one of the foremost orators of the Republican side. He is exceptionally skillful in debate and a most dangerous opponent. Already he has been prominently mentioned for Congress from his district. He is Chairman of the Committee on Elections and a member of Judiciary and Asylums for Insane. Judge Reynolds received the high honor of being made Trustee of the Lake Erie College and Seminary, in February, 1898. In religion he is a Methodist. He belongs to the Sons of the American Revolution. His father was a gallant soldier during the late war. October 19, 1882, Judge Reynolds was married to Miss Helen E. Whitney, and they have one child, Luella V. Reynolds.
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Hon. Philip Bossard.
HON. PHILIP BOSSARD, Representative from Montgomery county, was born in Zug, Switzerland, December 5, 1845. His early life was spent in the old country, and he was educated at the common schools and gymnasium of Zug, and the high school of Lucerne. In 1864 he came to America, landing without friends or even acquaintances. He was early apprenticed in Neuchatel, Switzerland, but in this country he has followed a mercantile life for over twenty-five years. Allying himself with the Republican party, Mr. Bos-sard has always been an ardent advocate of her principles. He was in the City Council of Dayton from 1889-to 1891, and in 1897 he was appointed to the responsible position of Tax Commissioner. In his first year in this position he reduced the tax $109,000, the first reduction in ten years. He is a careful and conservative man, and his vote is always on the side of public economy, without parsimony. Mr. Bossard was married August 11, 1868, to Miss Sophy Boenhart, and has a family of two boys and three girls. He is a fluent linguist, is a Mason, a K. P., and is also President of the Dayton Turngemeinde.
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Hon. Oliver P. Shaw.
OLIVER P. SHAW, Representative from Hancock county, was born October 1, 1844, on a farm near his present home, and received his education in the public schools of the county. On September 1, 1861, he answered the call for volunteers, and enlisted in Company H, Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served through the campaigns and battles of that regiment, was wounded twice at the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863, and was honorably discharged in September, 1864.
Returning to his native county, he engaged in farming and stock raising, an occupation he has carried on until the present time. In politics he is a strong Republican, broad minded and conservative. He was elected Treasurer of Hancock county in 1888 and re-elected in 1890. In the fall of 1897 he was elected by his party to the Seventy-third General Assembly of Ohio, where, as member of the Committees on Agriculture, Public Ways, and Hospital for Epileptics, he has rendered faithful and efficient service.
Mr. Shaw was married in November, 1866, to Miss Mary J. Downing, daughter of David Downing.
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Hon. Benjamin F. Gayman.
FRANKLIN COUNTY has three representatives in the Seventy-third General Assembly, the senior of whom is the subject of this sketch. He was born at his present residence, Canal Winchester, March 6, 1858, of Quaker ancestry. He became a printer, and after working some time in Columbus, returned to Winchester and bought an interest in the Times, where he had first learned his trade. Later on he became sole owner and editor, a position he still holds. He has been a member of the Council, Mayor four terms, and Justice of the Peace several terms. In politics he has always been a Democrat, and in 1891 he was chosen to lead the Legislative ticket of Franklin county. Elected to the Legislature that year, he was renominated in 1893 ; but that was a Republican year, and Mr. Gayman suffered defeat. But he was again chosen in 1895, and for the third time in 1897. His marked ability and earnest work was what gained for him these distinguished honors. He was married March 10, 1881, to Miss S. C. Miller, but has no children living. Mr. Gayman stands high in both the Masons and the Knights of Pythias, having represented both orders in the grand lodges.
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Hon. William M. Payne.
FRANKLIN COUNTY is peculiarly fortunate in her representatives in the Seventy-third General Assembly. All three are hard workers and able legislators, and none are more efficient than W. M. Payne, of Columbus. Mr. Payne was born in Coshocton county in 1859, and, living on a farm, received his education in the common schools. He spent eight years at teaching, at the same time studying the higher branches of learning. Of late years he has been engaged in the practice of law.
Mr. Payne is an earnest Democrat and a fervent advocate of the principles of that party. He was elected to the Seventy-third General Assembly by 1756 majority. As a member of the important Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Institution for Feeble-minded Youth, he renders good service to the state. Mr. Payne possesses a rich, pleasant voice, a fluent delivery, and a logical turn of mind. Hence, he is an able and effective speaker, and in debate he receives the closest attention and respect, even from his political opponents. We predict that he has a bright legislative future before him.
Mr. Payne was married in 1890 to Miss Nelle K. Keever, of Leban, Ohio. Three years later his wife died, leaving to him one child, a daughter, now six years of age. Mr. Payne is an active member of the Knights of Pythias.
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Hon. Charles W. Parker.
A MAN who believes thoroughly in the doctrines and platforms of the Republican party is C. W. Parker, of Cuyahoga county. Mr. Parker was born at Berea, that county, August 22, 1860, and was educated at the public schools, Baldwin University, and the Spencerian Business College. When nineteen years old he became Secretary and Treasurer of the Berea Building and Loan Association, holding that position for about five years, when the capital stock was retired and the bank closed. Since then he has been interested in various business pursuits, and always with credit to himself.
Mr. Parker's family is an old one in American history. His father, the late Henry Parker, M. D., was a delegate to the first national convention of the Republican party. None of the family, however, have held office until, without his solicitation, Mr. Parker was placed upon the " Hanna" ticket in Cuyahoga county as a candidate for the Seventy-third General Assembly. He was elected by a handsome plurality, and redeemed his pledges, not only in the senatorial contest, but in working for safe and efficient legislation for Cleveland and for the whole state. He is on the Committees on Library, Military Affairs, and Public Works, and his labor is thoroughly done and highly appreciated. Mr. Parker was married in Chicago, in 1885, to Miss Fannie Frayer, and they have resided for the past eight years at Berea.
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Hon. Orlando Bennett.
AN able member of the medical fraternity in the Seventy-third General Assembly is Dr. Orlando Bennett, of Williams county. Dr. Bennett was born at Evansport, May 13, 1845, and received a common school education there and at Defiance. He enlisted August 18, 1862, in Company E, One Hundred and Eleventh, O. V. I., and was in every march and engagement of his regiment. He was in innumerable skirmishes, and in twenty-six battles, among them Resaca, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville and Kirksville. He was mustered out June 27, 1865, at Salisbury, N. C. Returning home he prepared himself for the medical profession at the Cleveland Medical College, 1867-70, and the Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he graduated in 1882. He practiced first in Evansport, but in 1884 he removed to Stryker, Williams county, where he now resides Dr. Bennett is a gentleman in every sense of the word, broad-minded and liberal, a true friend and an able legislator. Elected by the Republicans of his county to his present seat, he has made an enviable record. He is on the Committees on Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, Medical Colleges and Medical Societies, and Ditches, Drains and Water Courses. His pure food bill was one of the most important brought forward during the session. Dr. Bennett was married September 1, 1869, and his wife dying in March, 1883, he was remarried on September 21, 1884. His family consists of two daughters. In religion he is a Universalist.
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Hon. Alexander Boxwell.
ALEXANDER BOXWELL has represented his county, Warren, in the Ohio General Assembly since 1889, and is one of the fixtures of the house. He was born in Frederick county, Virginia, but soon removed to Ohio near Springboro, Warren county. After attending common schools in winter months, Mr. Boxwell secured a course of study at the Ohio Wesleyan University, and thereafter for sixteen years engaged in teaching. In 1881 he was admitted to the bar. He was Justice of the Peace for twelve years. He was elected to the Sixty-ninth General Assembly in 1889, and has served continuously ever since. He was chosen Speaker of the Seventy-first Assembly, and was the caucus nominee of his party for Speaker of the Seventy-third, but was defeated by a combination of Democrats, with a few Republicans opposed to M. A. Hanna for United States Senator. Mr. Boxwell has always been an uncompromising and fighting Republican, is the leader on his side of the house, and is a conspicuous figure in every debate. He is a master of quick invective and ridicule, and has the courage to say what he thinks regardless of whom it may offend, and his remarks though caustic are always based upon sound logic and carry conviction with them.