Milton Sutliff

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Milton Sutliff
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Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
February 9, 1858 – February 9, 1863
Preceded by Ozias Bowen
Succeeded by Rufus P. Ranney
Personal details
Born (1806-10-16)October 16, 1806
Trumbull County, Ohio
Died April 24, 1878(1878-04-24) (aged 71)
Warren, Ohio
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery
Political party
Alma mater Western Reserve College

Milton Sutliff (October 6 or 16,[1] 1806 – April 24, 1878) was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was a member of the Ohio Senate for one year and an Ohio Supreme Court Judge from 1858 to 1863.

Biography[edit]

Milton Sutliff was born in Warren, Ohio;[2] other sources that give his birthplace as Vernon[1] refer to Vernon Township. He was the fifth of seven children born to Samuel Sutliff (1765–1840)[3] and Ruth (Granger) Sutliff (1770–1843),[4] a cousin of Gideon Granger.[5] The town of Sutliff, Iowa was named after his elder brother Allen C. Sutliff (1796–1873).

As a young adult, he traveled through the South, and became an Abolitionist. He returned to Warren in 1830 and graduated from Western Reserve College in 1834.[6] That year he also founded the Anti-Slavery Society of the Western Reserve, after being instrumental in founding the National Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 in Philadelphia. He also was admitted to the bar in 1834.[6] In 1839 he formed a partnership with Henry W. King[7]

In 1849, as a Freesoiler, Sutliff was elected to represent Trumbull and Geauga counties in the Ohio Senate for the 49th General Assembly.[8]

In 1857, Sutliff was nominated by the Republican Party for Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court, and he defeated Democrat Henry C. Whitman in the general election.[9] He was not re-nominated in 1862. In 1872, Sutliff was nominated by the Democrats for United States Representative from Ohio's 19th congressional district, but lost to James A. Garfield.[10]

Sutliff died of apoplexy during a violent storm in Warren.[11][12] He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in the family plot. His estate, valued at $500,000,[13] left $10,000 in property to the city of Warren to help establish a library. The Warren Public Library was dedicated February 3, 1906, including its Sutliff lecture room.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sutliff 1909 : 115
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 76
  3. ^ Sutliff 1909 : 84, 115
  4. ^ Sutliff 1909 : 115–116
  5. ^ Williams 1882 : 178-181
  6. ^ a b Smith 1898 : 76–77
  7. ^ a b "Milton Sutliff". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  8. ^ Ohio 1917 : 236
  9. ^ Smith 1898 : 74
  10. ^ Smith 1898 : 306
  11. ^ "Death of Judge Sutliff". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 25 April 1878. p. 2. Retrieved August 9, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Terrific Storms". The Farmer and Mechanic. 2 May 1878. p. 1. Retrieved August 9, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "Funeral Services of Hon. Milton Stuliff". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 29 April 1878. p. 1. Retrieved August 9, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ozias Bowen
Ohio Supreme Court Judges
1858-1863
Succeeded by
Rufus P. Ranney
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
John F. Beaver
Senator from Trumbull and Geauga Counties
1850-1851
Succeeded by
John I. Todd