Biography of Abraham Armstrong
Member of Ohio General Assembly - House of Representives

ABRAHAM ARMSTRONG, Representative from Guernsey county, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1810. He removed with his parents to Ohio in 1813. They settled on a farm in Jefferson township, Guernsey county, where he still resides.

Losing the use of his right leg in infancy, he was educated and qualified for a teacher; but, possessing a strong body, in other respects, and having a natural fondness and genius for working with machinery, he turned his attention to milling. He owns a fine milling establishment on the Salt Fork of Willis Creek. He is a farmer and wool grower. He was, for many years one of the Directors of the Guernsey Branch of the State Bank of Ohio. He is now a ruling elder in the United Presbyterian Congregation of Pleasant Hill.

He is an active politician, having formerly belonged to the old Whig party. He was present at the organization of the Republican party in the State.

While serving as County Auditor, Mr. Armstrong, learning that the Secretary of State could not get the statistics of common schools, recommended, in 1846, an alteration of the school law, so as to make it obligatory upon teachers to make statistical reports, or not receive pay. The law was amended during the session of 1846 and 1847, as recommended. The wisdom of the measure was praised by the Secretary of State, and by his successor. The same principle is contained in the present school law of the State.

Mr. Armstrong is an attentive member, taking part in the business of important Standing Committees, on Library and Manufactures and Commerce.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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