Emil Kiesewetter

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Emil Kiesewetter
Emil Kieswetter 1880.jpg
circa 1880
14th Ohio State Auditor
In office
January 14, 1884 – January 9, 1888
Preceded by John F. Oglevee
Succeeded by Ebenezer W. Poe
Personal details
Born (1845-05-15)May 15, 1845
Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio
Died October 28, 1924(1924-10-28) (aged 79)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Francis Orthafer
Children two

Emil Kiesewetter (pronunciation unknown) (May 15, 1845 – October 28, 1924) was a Democratic politician in the U.S. State of Ohio. He was the Ohio State Auditor 1884-1888.

Kiesewetter was born at Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio on May 15, 1845. His parents were Theodore and Joanna E. Kiesewetter, natives of Germany, who had emigrated to Franklin County in 1844. They stayed at Prairie Township until 1849, when they moved to Columbus, the state capital, in that county. The mother died in 1850 and the father died in 1874.[1]

At age 12, Kiesewetter began working at a Columbus hotel. He later attended the Columbus Commercial College, where he studied bookkeeping. He worked in that field until 1862.[1]

On September 30, 1862, Kiesewetter enlisted as a private in Company B, 46th Ohio Infantry during the American Civil War. At the Battle of Resaca, he was severely injured in the left hip May 14, 1864. He was confined to a bed for seven months, as the wound became gangrenous. With treatment from a surgeon, he recovered, and was discharged at Camp Chase, Columbus, March 31, 1865.[1] He remained at the camp as a clerk until August 25, when he hired on as a bookkeeper at a Columbus firm. He remained there until 1878.[1]

In 1878, Kiesewetter was elected as Franklin County Auditor.[1] He was nominated at the Democratic Party state convention in 1883 for Ohio State Auditor, and defeated Republican incumbent John F. Oglevee that autumn.[2] He assumed the office January 1884.

While he was Auditor, Kiesewetter fired two shots at a newspaper reporter, November 8, 1885, in a Columbus hotel. The reporter had criticized Kiesewetter in his paper. The shots missed their mark. Kiesewetter was arrested, and appeared November 16 before Mayor Charles C. Walcutt, who dismissed charges on the grounds that Kiesewetter had been provoked.[3]

Kiesewetter ran for re-election in 1887, but lost to Republican Ebenezer W. Poe.[4] He completed his term January, 1888.

Kiesewetter died October 28, 1924, and was interred at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio[5][6]

On November 4, 1869, Kiesewetter married Francis Orthafer, and had two sons.[1] He was a member of the Masons, I.O.O.F., and Knights of Pythias.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g History of Franklin and Pickaway counties, Ohio... Williams Brothers. 1880. p. 587. 
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 473
  3. ^ Lee, Alfred E (1892). History of the city of Columbus, capital of Ohio. 1. New York: Munsell and Company. pp. 461–462. 
  4. ^ Smith 1898 : 541
  5. ^ Find a grave
  6. ^ Green Lawn Cemetery Burial Records