ROBERT CREIGHTON, Representative from Hamilton county, was born in Geauga county, Ohio, August 16, 1812, from
whence his father removed to Beaver county, Pennsylvania, when he was but three years old. When twelve years old
his father again removed to Stark county, Ohio. After remaining there three years he removed to Warren county,
Pennsylvania, where his father died soon after. He then commenced rafting and running lumber on the Allegheny River
as a hired hand, then as pilot on the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. At the age of twenty years he went to Cattaraugus
county, New York, and engaged in lumbering.
He married Miss Eliza E. Johnston in 1836, and was for a time engaged ini the mercantile business in connection
with the lumber business.
In the money panic of 1836 he suffered considerable loss, and in 1840 removed to Henry county, Iowa, but in 1841
he returned to Cincinnati, Ohio, and engaged again in the lumber trade. In 1847 he took an interest in the lumber
yard of Messrs. Fairchild and Longworth; sold out his interest in said firm in 1849, and purchased an interest
in a saw mill at Columbia, Ohio, where he has since resided. Some three years later he bought the entire interest
in said mill, and soon after added a planing mill, also sash, blind and door factory; since which time he has been
engaged in a general lumber business, and has built quite a considerable portion of the buildings situated in the
incorporated village of Columbia, of which he is iiow Mayor.
His education is such as he received in the common schools. He was a Whig while the party existed, and since its
disorganization a Republican. He is now a member of the Standing Committee on New Counties and County Affairs;
also, on Fees and Salaries, and a member of the Special Committee on Congressional Apportionment.
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
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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