Description: This photograph is a formal portrait of Harry J. Ritter, who represented Miami County in the 78th Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives (1909-1910). He was a member of the Republican Party. In this oval-framed portrait, Ritter is in his early sixties and has a mustache. He is wearing a pinstripe suit with a pin in the left lapel.
Ritter was born in 1848 near Reading, Pennsylvania. He was a student at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, but left school in 1864 to join the United State Signal Corps. He served in that post until the end of the Civil War. After the war he graduated from a commercial college and entered the horse business. In 1894 he entered the manufacturing field and became general manager and treasurer of the Tipp Building Manufacturing Company, Tippecanoe City (now Tipp City), Ohio. He was elected to the 77th and 78th General Assemblies of the State of Ohio. In 1918 he was elected to the State Senate.
Harry J. Ritter died in 1925 and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07018 Subjects: Legislators--Ohio; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives; Ohio General Assembly Senate; Miami County (Ohio); Politicians; Veterans Places: Tipp City (Ohio); Miami County (Ohio)
Description: This photograph is a formal portrait of Van S. Deaton, M.D., who represented Miami County in the Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives for eight years, beginning in 1894. In this image Deaton, who appears to be in his sixties, has white hair and a bushy mustache. He wears a pin in this left lapel.
Van. S. Deaton (1847-1828) was born in Champaign County, Ohio. When he was nine years old, his parents died, and he went to live with an uncle. At age 17 he enlisted in the Sixteenth Ohio Light Artillery in 1864 and served until June 1865. He returned to the Normal School in Lebanon, Ohio, to finish his education and then attended Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, from which he graduated in 1873. In addition to practicing medicine, Deaton also was elected to the state legislature and held other public offices. He died in 1928 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07020 Subjects: Legislators--Ohio; Physicians--Ohio; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Politicians; Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives; Politicians; Veterans; Miami County (Ohio) Places: Troy (Ohio); Miami County (Ohio)
Description: Engraved image of of the John Johnston farm, located in Upper Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, from "Historical Collections of Ohio" by Henry Howe, 1847. Johnston served as a local Indian Agent in the early years after Ohio's founding. He was appointed by President James Madison and held the position until the 1840s. His responsibility was to help Native Americans interact with settlers, which filled a need left by the state and federal government when it came to Native American rights. He was also notable for helping to found Kenyon College, and forming the first Sunday School in Miami County. The Ohio Historical Society now maintains John Johnston's farm as a state memorial. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL03981 Subjects: Farm life--Ohio; Ohio Economy--Agriculture; Piqua (Ohio); Kenyon College Places: Upper Piqua (Ohio); Miami County (Ohio)
Description: This photograph is a formal portrait of Jefferson Stone Combs (1870-1946), a member of the 79th Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives (1911-1912). This photograph appears in the "Legislative Manual of the State of Ohio 1912."
He was born in Leonardtown, Maryland, where he attended public schools. He worked as a businessman in Washington, D.C. and in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Troy, Ohio, in 1898. There he began his association with Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company. He also was director of the First National Bank of Troy and a member of the city council. When he was elected to the Ohio General Assembly, Combs was the first Democratic representative from Miami County in 45 years.
He died on Nov. 6, 1946 and was buried in Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck Cemetery, Leonardtown, Maryland. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07019 Subjects: Legislators--Ohio; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Politicians; Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives; Miami County (Ohio) Places: Miami County (Ohio)
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