Joseph Turney was born March 19, 1825 in New England. His parents moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1834. He first was a blacksmith, and later worked in railroads and banking. In 1865 and 1867 he was elected Treasurer of Cuyahoga county. In 1879 and again in 1881, he was elected on the Republican ticket as Treasurer of Ohio. Afterward, he returned to Cleveland, where he died several years later.
- Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
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