Biography of Henry Berkstresser
Member of Ohio General Assembly - House of Representives





HENRY BERKSTRESSER, member of the House from Lawrence county, was born at Liverpool, Perry county, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1831, and grew to manhood near New Bloomfield, of the same county. He came to Ohio in the spring of 1853, settling in Richland county, but at the expiration of two years he removed to Newark, Licking county. He subsequently joined the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was appointed to Patriot Circuit October 1, 1860.

On the breaking out of the Rebellion he entered the army of the Union, and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry October, 1861. He returned to the work of the ministry in the fall of 1862. He was stationed two years on the Burlington charge, where he was married to Miss E. J. Reynolds, of Gallia county, Ohio. He was located during two years on the Wheelersburg charge, and one year at Rome, Lawrence county, when he ceased to take regular work on account of failing health.

He was elected to the General Assembly of Ohio in the fall of 1871. He is a member of some of the standing committees of the present session, and active in the business of the House.

Politically Mr. Berkstresser was originally a Whig, afterwards an Abolitionist, and is now a member of the Republican party.

From:
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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