Biography of William S. Furman
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WILLIAM S. FURMAN, attorney at law, Phoenix, though but a recent arrival in this state, has already gained recognition as an able lawyer and a man of affairs. He was born at Lockington, Ohio, September 8, 1874. His mother was Fannie Gaskil, and his father George H. Furman. Mr. Furman is another example of the type of man who will always make an enviable record wherever they may reside. After completing his school course in 1893, he taught school in Ohio until 1898, and then became editor of the Ottawa Gazette, in Ohio. During this time he took an active interest in athletics and one time broke the world's record for bicycle riding a distance of fifteen miles. Having studied law and been admitted to practice in his native state, he gradually turned his attention to politics, was elected City Solicitor and Prosecuting Attorney at Sidney, in which capacity he served from 1905 to 1909. When elected to the former position he had the largest majority ever recorded for any official candidate in that city. He was elected on the Democratic ticket by a majority of 436, while at the same election the layor elected was a Republican and received a majority of 408. In the campaign of 1908 Mr. Furman wielded much influence in the Democratic party, and was organizer and president of the Shelby County Bryan Club, which had over a thousand members, and during that campaign he made a great many speeches throughout the state. Later he became assistant general counsel for the Western Ohio Electric Company. He came to Arizona April 1, 1911, and has since organized the Salt River Valley Electric Company, of which he was general counsel for five months. He then resigned in order to devote his entire attention to his increasing private practice. Mr. Furman married Miss Mary Emma Enyart, and they have two sons, Otto Wendel and Bryan Enyart Furman.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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