Biography of S. B. Berry
Member of Ohio General Assembly - House of Representives

S. B. BERRY, of Butler county, was born in Miltonville, Butler county, Ohio, November 29, 1838; is a son of Thomas G. Berry, who represented Butler county in 1846 and 1847. His grandfather. Thomas Berry, was a native of Ireland, having emigrated to this country about the time Ohio was admitted as a State.

On the 5th of May, 1859, Mr. Berry was united in marriage to Miss Mary W. Castor, of Butler county. Although apparently of sound constitution, yet the seed of that dreadful disease, hereditary consumption, had found lodgment in her system, which brought death to this best of wives and mothers on the 14th of April, 1871. She leaves three children, aged twelve, nine and six years.

Mr. Berry has a delight in, and somewhat of genius for, mechanical work. He learned blacksmithiug at the age of fifteen, having since engaged in many other kinds of mechanical work with a tolerable degree of success. He has succeeded in making great improvement in steel plows, and is now engaged in the manufacture of plows in company with Daniel Hughes, of Butler county.

An acquaintance of his writes to me: "Mr. Berry is known throughout the county as a man of unbending integrity and strict morals, and is recognized by all as an able, fearless, honest and pure man, that will be found at' all times on the side of right and justice."

Mr. Berry is the author of House Bill No. 4, the object of which is to permit intelligent men to sit on juries in criminal cases, which passed both Houses by more than a two thirds vote after having been thoroughly discussed.

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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