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Col. Harrison Wilson

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 329

    was born near Cadiz, Ohio, March 15, 1841, the youngest in a family of six sons and three daughters. When a little boy his parents moved to Belmont county and there he got a country school education which he supplemented with a college course at the Ohio University in Athens, by great effort and sacrifice. At the outbreak of the war he was assigned to the 25th 0. V. I., and successively held commissions from second lieutenant to colonel when he was mustered out with the regiment July 15, 1865. He was in forty-two battles and skirmishes, at the siege of Fort Donelson, Vicksburg and Atlanta, and went with Sherman "to the sea." He came  of a family conspicuous for its bravery, his grandfather, Thomas Wilson, having served in the Revolution and his five brothers in the Civil war. Colonel Wilson himself was awarded a medal by congress. After the war he settled in Sidney for the study of law, was admitted to the bar and went into
partnership with General Murray, which continued till Murray's death in 1879. He took a keen interest in  politics and served thirteen years as circuit judge in the 2d judicial district of Ohio from 1895 to 1909. For the next two years he was identified with a prominent law firm in Columbus, but left for Nordhoff, California, in the spring of 1912 to spend the remainder of his days indulging his taste for outdoor life. He married Mary Caroline, a daughter of J. T. Fry of Sidney, in 1867, and raised a family of nine children, eight of whom are living. Wilson took high rank among the lawyers of  Ohio. He had a mind of choice legal capabilities. As a judge his decisions were clear and comprehensive and he now has the confidence of his associates on the bench for his unswerving integrity. Dignified in manner, in habits simple, and austerely temperate.

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