Biography of Daniel J. Callen
Member of Ohio General Assembly - House of Representives





DANIEL J. CALLEN, Representative from the county of Mercer, is one of the leaders in the House on the Democratic side, and one of the self made men of Ohio. He was born in Somerset, Perry county, Ohio, February 8, 1844, of poor parents. He received a limited common school education, but this did not satisfy his thirst for knowledge, and he hired as a cart driver on the Wilmington and Zanesville Railroad, in order to obtain means to attend college. Afterward he read law with Hon. William E. Finck, was admitted to the bar, and then left his native town to earn a reputation for himself. He first located in Bluffton, Indiana, but shortly afterward removed to Celina, Ohio, his present residence. He is now not only the leading member of the bar in his. own county, but one of the ablest lawyers in the Northwest. At the Fifth District Congressional Convention held at Wapakoneta. in 1870, his name was presented, and he distanced a dozen competitors for forty ballotings, when by a concentration of his oppononts, C. N. Lamison, of Lima, was nominated. But Dan. is only twenty eight years of age and can afford to bide his time.

On the first day of November, 1870, Mr. Callen was united in marriage to Miss Anna, daughter of William Miller, Esq., of Columbus, a most estimable young lady, a graduate of the Catholic school in Brown county.

As a public speaker, Mr. Callen has few equals, and no superiors, among the men of his age, and when it is known that he is to make a speech there is a crowded lobby.

This is his second term in the House of Representatives.

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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