Myron B. Gessaman

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Myron B. Gessaman
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42nd Mayor of Columbus
In office
1936–1939
Preceded by Henry W. Worley
Succeeded by Floyd F. Green
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
1934–1935
Personal details
Born (1894-10-15)October 15, 1894
Youngstown, Ohio
Died August 20, 1975(1975-08-20) (aged 80)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Union Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marie C. Sommer
Children Ann
David G.
Richard
Residence Columbus, Ohio
  • 191 East Weber Road
  • 4206 Fairoaks Drive
Alma mater Rayen High School
Western Reserve University
Profession Mayor
Judge
State Legislator
Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Myron Bierdeman Gessaman (October 15, 1894–August 20, 1975) was a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Ohio and a veteran of the United States Army during World War I. He served as mayor of Columbus, a prosecutor and judge of Franklin County, and as a member and floor leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Myron Bierdeman Gessaman was born October 15, 1894 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio.[1] His parents were George D. and Frances L. Gessaman.[1] He received his education through the public schools in Youngstown and graduated from Rayen High School.[2] While enrolled at Western Reserve University he enlisted into the United States Army when the United States entered World War I. He served in the U.S. Army Ambulance Service and transported wounded individuals from the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive to hospitals.[1][2] During the First Armistice at Compiègne, Gessaman stayed behind for evacuation duty, then served in Germany with the Army of Occupation.[1] After returning home, he resumed his course work at Western Reserve University towards a law degree.[1][2]

He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1919.[2] After graduating from Reserve Law School in 1920, he worked briefly for the private law firm of F. Stanley Crooks.[2] Afterwards, he worked as the assistant City Attorney for Columbus (1923–1928), assistant Franklin County prosecutor (1928–1931), was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives (1934–1935), and served as majority floor leader while a state legislator in 1935.[1][2][3]

During 1935, the Republicans of Columbus selected him as their candidate to run for mayor.[2] He won the 1935 mayoral election defeating incumbent Democratic mayor Henry W. Worley. Gessaman became the 42nd mayor of Columbus, Ohio, the 38th person to serve in that office, and served Columbus during the Great Depression.[1] After one term in office he was defeated in the 1939 mayoral election by Republican opponent Floyd F. Green.[1] After his defeat for reelection as mayor, he was later elected as a judge to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 1943.[1][3] He served as judge for 30 years.[1]

He married Marie C. Sommer in 1922 and had three children - Ann, David G., and Richard.[2] His youngest son Richard was killed in Korea in 1954.[3] Two years after his retirement from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court he died on August 20, 1975.[3] He is interred at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.[4][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Egger, Charles, ed. (1975). Columbus Mayors (PDF). Columbus: Columbus Citizen-Journal. p. 46. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Taylor, Charles William (1939). Bench and Bar of Ohio. C.W. Taylor, Jr. p. 86. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Retired Judge Gessaman Dies". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). August 21, 1975. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ "Burials on the web - Union Cemetery Association". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry W. Worley
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
1936-1939
Succeeded by
Floyd F. Green