Biography of Benjamin R. Bravis
Member of Ohio General Assembly - Senate

BENJAMIN R. BEAVIS, one of the two Senators from Cuyahoga county, was born in London, England, on March 12, 1826. When an infant, his parents emigrated to America, and first settled in Brooklyn, Long Island. In 1834 his parents removed to Ohio, and settled in the then township of Brooklyn, Cuyahoga county. He received a common school education, and, after arriving at the age of majority, commenced the study of the law. He was admitted to the bar in July, 1851, and commenced the practice of law at Cleveland, early in the year 1852.

He was elected to the office of Treasurer of his township for one term, and was for some time a member of the Board of Education of Brooklyn township. At the spring election in 1865, he was unanimously nominated for Justice of the Peace, and was elected without opposition.

In the year 1867 that portion of the township of Brooklyn where he resided was annexed to the city of Cleveland, and he was elected one of the first Councilmen of his Ward, in the spring of 1868. As a member of the Council, he took great interest in the growth and prosperity of the city, and was made pro tem. President of its Council. In 1870 he was re-elected to the Council, and is still a member of that body.

By the partiality of his friends, and without special eftbrt on his own part, he was nominated and elected to represent his county as one of its Senators in the Senate of Ohio.

His progress through life has been the result of a continuous struggle with adverse circumstances, and he is what is usually termed a self made man. Earnest and sincere in his advocacy of whatever he attempts, industrious in his habits, and considerate in his action, he has overcome, in some measure at least, the disadvantages of his early poverty, and lack of influential friends. The effort was severe, and told upon his health, but, with good care, he may be able to do service for many years yet.

He has been a Republican from the organization of that party; and, although zealous as a partisan, he is tolerant and courteous to those who differ with him politically.

His experience as a lawyer, and that obtained in the discharge of his duties of the offices he has held in township and city, are of service to him in his present position.

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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