Ebenezer W. Poe

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Ebenezer Wilson Poe
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15th Ohio State Auditor
In office
January 9, 1888 – January 13, 1896
Preceded by Emil Kiesewetter
Succeeded by Walter D. Guilbert
Personal details
Born (1846-11-11)November 11, 1846
Findlay, Ohio
Died June 19, 1898(1898-06-19) (aged 51)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Caroline Thomas
Children four
Religion Methodist

Ebenezer Wilson Poe (November 11, 1846 – June 19, 1898)[1] was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was Ohio State Auditor 1888–1896.

Early life[edit]

Ebenezer W. Poe was born at Hancock County, Ohio on a farm near Findlay. After his father enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 during the American Civil War, he enlisted at age 16 in Company G of the One Hundred Thirty-Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Army of the Cumberland until mustered out in August, 1864.[2]

Mid life[edit]

Poe then re-enrolled in the high school in Findlay and graduated. He taught school for three years, was a store clerk, and in 1873 ran a store. He disposed of that business in 1875, and was a traveling salesman for six years. In 1881, the Republicans nominated him for Wood County Auditor, he won, and was re-elected in 1883.[2]

State office[edit]

At the 1887 Republican State Convention, Poe won on the first ballot in a field of seven for the nomination for Ohio State Auditor.[2] He defeated incumbent Democrat Emil Kiesewetter in the general election.[3] He won re-election in 1891.[4]

At the 1895 Republican State Convention, Poe was among eight candidates for the Governor nomination, and, after the third ballot, threw his support to eventual nominee and Governor Asa S. Bushnell.[2][5] After his term as Auditor expired, he associated with an Equitable Life Insurance.[2]


Poe was married October 8, 1868 to Caroline Thomas of McComb, Ohio, and had four children.[2]

Poe died June 19, 1898 in Columbus, Ohio.[6] He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Grand Army of the Republic, and was a Methodist.[6] He was interred in Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.[1]