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.


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]


  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  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Terrific Storms". The Farmer and Mechanic. 2 May 1878. p. 1. Retrieved August 9, 2014 – via  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  open access publication – free to read


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