Francis B. De Witt

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Francis B. De Witt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byDennis D. Donovan
Succeeded byDavid Meekison
Personal details
Born(1849-03-11)March 11, 1849
Jackson County, Indiana
DiedMarch 21, 1929(1929-03-21) (aged 80)
Standish, Michigan
Resting placeLive Oak Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma mater
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Francis Byron De Witt (March 11, 1849 – March 21, 1929) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Jackson County, Indiana, De Witt moved with his parents in 1854 to a farm in Delaware County, Ohio. During the Civil War enlisted in the Forty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at the age of twelve. Mustered out for temporary disability and reenlisted in 1862 in the One Hundred and Twenty-first Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. Prisoner of war in Salisbury, Danville, and Libby Prisons. He attended the common schools and high school in Galena, Ohio, National Normal School, Lebanon, Ohio, and Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. He moved to Paulding, Ohio, in 1872 and taught school. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and practiced his profession in Paulding until 1891, when he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1892-1895.

De Witt was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896. He resumed agricultural pursuits near Paulding, Ohio. He moved to Standish, Michigan, in 1903 and resumed the practice of law. He served as register of deeds. He served as member of the Michigan House of Representatives 1920-1922.

De Witt was elected prosecuting attorney of Arenac County, Michigan, in 1926. He was reelected in 1928 and served until his death in Standish, Michigan, on March 21, 1929. He was interred in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "Francis B. De Witt (id: D000286)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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