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Notable Citizens from Geauga County's Past
||Hon. Henry K. Smith, August 10, 1832-August 6, 1914
- Born in Parkman, Ohio to Marsh Smith
- Moved to Chardon at 19
- Married Harmony Stocking, February 22, 1854
- Worked for the law office of Messrs. Riddle & Thrasher
- Admitted to the Bar, 1856
- Deputy Sheriff and Geauga County Treasurer
- Clerk of Courts, 1857
- County Prosecutor, 1858-1862
- Justice of the Peace for Chardon, two terms
- Probate Court Judge, 1867-1909
||Peter Hitchcock, October 19, 1781 - March 4, 1853
- Born in Cheshire, Connecticut to Valentine and Sarah Hitchcock.
- Graduated from Yale College,1801
- Admitted to the Bar, 1804
- Came to Geauga County, 1806
- Married Nabby Cook, December 12, 1805
- State Representative, 1810-1811, 1858-1862, 1866-1868, 1870-1872, and 1876-1880.
- State Senator, 1812-1816;1833-1835; 1862-1864; 1880-1882
- President of the Senate, 1815-1816; 1834-1835
- President of the Geauga County Agricultural Society,1823-1828
- Ohio Supreme Court Judge 1819-1833; 1835-1842; 1845-1852
- Chief Justice for twenty-one years.
- Member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1850.
||Esther Baird, April 19, 1861-August 15, 1950
- Born in Mesopotamia, Ohio, to Molton and Elvira Baird
- Completed school in Burton
- Attended Lake Erie Seminary for Women
- Graduated from Huron Road Training School for Nurses, 1886
- Traveled to India to be a missionary.
- Adopted Eugene Franklin, the infant son of a dying English woman in India.
- Spent 45 years as a missionary in India nursing orphans back to health, caring for the sick, and establishing a hospital.
- Presented the Kaiser -i-Hind Gold Medal from King George of England, 1937
||Captain Edward Paine, Jr., 1776-November 29, 1848
- Son of General Edward Paine.
- Married Mary Phelps, daughter of Judge Seth Phelps
- Moved to Chardon,1812
- Auditor, 1806
- Clerk of Courts, 1806-1828
- Recorder, 1811-1832.
- Clerk of the Board of Commissioners, June 4, 1806-September 1, 1806.
- Geauga County Agricultural Society Corresponding Secretary, 1824-1826
- Geauga County Agricultural Society Treasurer, 1824
- Geauga County Agricultural Society Vice President,1827
||Seabury Ford, October 15, 1801-May 8, 1855
- Born in Cheshire, Connecticut to John and Esther Ford.
- Moved to Burton, 1807
- Graduated from Yale, 1825
- Studied law under Samuel W. Phelps and Peter Hitchcock
- Admited to the Bar, 1827
- Married Harriet Cook, September 10, 1828
- Secretary pro tem of the Temperance Society of Burton and Vicinity.
- Representative in the General Assembly of Ohio, 1835-1841 and 1844-1845.
- State Senate Representative for Geauga and Cuyahoga counties,1841-1843 and 1845-1846.
- Governor of Ohio, January 22, 1849-December 12, 1850.
|Edward Payson Latham, March 2, 1839-January 5, 1921
- Born in Troy to R. R. and Amanda Latham.
- Married Ellen Vanzandt, October 27,
- Joined the Ninth Independent Battery
- Earned the No. 1 position in a detachment for cannoneers.
- Lost his sight in one eye and both forearms to amputation while firing a salute1862
- Manufactured cheese at his Spring Brook Cheese Factory in Troy after the war.
- County Infirmary Director, 1885 to 1891.
- Elected to the Board of Commissioners,1892-1898
- Board of Commissioners President, 3 1/2 years
- Served on the Soldiers Relief Commission,1887-1905.
- President and vice-president of the Geauga County Agricultural Society.
||Alfred Phelps, April 3, 1792-April 21, 1864
- Moved to Geauga County from Cayuga County, New York at age 11
- Family were first settlers in Parkman.
- Wounded in the Battle of Queenstown in the War of 1812 and taken prisoner, but released on parole.
- Served for Chardon in Civil War
- Married Anne Towsly, July 1820.
- County Prosecutor, 1819-1828.
- County Recorder, 1832
- Geauga County Fair Treasurer, 1835-1840
- Geauga County Fair President, 1845
- Representative at Ohio General Assembly, 1843-1844 and 1845-1846.
- Probate Court Judge, 1852-1858.
- County School Examiner.
- Established the first newspaper press in Chardon.
|Albert Gallatin Riddle, May 2, 1816-May 16,1902
- Born in Monson, Massachusetts,
- Moved to Newbury when he was one year old.
- Married Caroline Avery of Chardon, January 22, 1845
- Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, 1840-1846
- Representative in Ohio State Legislature, 1848-1850
- Secretary of the Geauga County Fairboard, 1849
- Elected as a Republican to the 37th Congress, 1861
- Served as consul in Matanzas, Cuba, 1863-1864
- Published several novels, biographies, and recollections, including entries in the Williams Brothers History of Lake and Geauga Counties, 1878 and The Geauga County Pioneer and General History 1880
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