Walter D. Guilbert

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Walter Downey Guilbert
Walter D. Guilbert 1903.jpg
16th Ohio State Auditor
In office
January 13, 1896 – January 11, 1909
Preceded byEbenezer W. Poe
Succeeded byEdward M. Fullington
Personal details
Born(1844-02-11)February 11, 1844
Guernsey County, Ohio
DiedFebruary 15, 1911(1911-02-15) (aged 67)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting placeGreen Lawn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary L. Jordon

Walter Downey Guilbert (February 11, 1844 – February 15, 1911)[1] was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was Ohio State Auditor 1896–1909.

Guilbert was born at Guernsey County, Ohio. He studied in local schools, and at an academy in Wenona, Illinois.[2] After leaving school, he remained in the Midwest until 1869.[3] He then returned to Ohio and manufactured staves and engaged in salt making at South Olive, Noble County until 1881.[4]

In 1881, Guilbert was elected auditor of Noble County, as a Republican, and re-elected in 1884. In 1888 he was appointed chief clerk of the office of Auditor of State.[3] In 1895 he was elected as Auditor of the State of Ohio, and continued in that office until 1909.[2] He was an activist in his party, and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888.[3]

Guilbert married Mary L. Jordan of Noble County on February 2, 1868, and had three children.[3] He was a Freemason, a Knight Templar, a member of the Mystic Shrine, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the K. of P., and the I.O.R.M.[2] He died February 15, 1911, and is interred at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.[5]



  • Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. II. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
  • Gilkey, Elliott Howard, ed. (1901). The Ohio Hundred Year Book: a Handbook of the Public Men and Public Institutions of Ohio ... State of Ohio.
  • History of Noble County, Ohio. Chicago: L H Watkins and Company. 1887.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ebenezer W. Poe
Ohio State Auditor
Succeeded by
Edward M. Fullington