Biography of E. G. Dial
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





E. G. DIAL, attorney, Springfield; is a native of Clermont Co., Ohio. His parents emigrated from the State of Maryland and settled in Clermont County in the year 1805, and continued to reside there during their lives. He was educated at Miami University, and graduated at that institution in 1843; was teacher and member of the Faculty of the Ohio Wesleyan University, and, after one year, resigned, and came to Springfield, Ohio, in 1845, and taught in the high school several years, and was afterward President of the Springfield Female College four years; studied law in the meantime, and was admitted to the bar; had an interest in and was editor of a new paper published in Urbana, but continued to reside in Springfield; was chosen Elector on the Presidential Electoral ticket of this State in 1852; was a Democrat in politics up to 1860, when he united heartily with the Union Republican party, and is still conscientiously devoted to the principles of that party. In 1869, he was elected Probate Judge of Clark County, and in 1872 was reelected without opposition, but declined a candidacy for a third term; in 1879, he was elected a member of the State Legislature, which position he holds at this time; being appointed Chairman of the Committee on Schools and School Lands in the House of State Representatives, he gave himself to a careful study of the school legislation of Ohio, and, on the first day of the adjourned session, introduced a bill to abolish the subdistrict system and to establish the township system, the schools of each township to be managed by a Board of Education elected by the people thereof; also a bill providing for county superintendence. This proposed legislation met with universal approbation by the leading educators and educated men of the State. and generally by the press, but, encountering decided opposition among the smaller politicians and press, the bills failed to pass. Judge Dial has been thoroughly identified with the educational interests of the city during his entire residence here, and for many years was a member of the Board of Education; he is a quiet, unassuming gentleman, but a popular and, highly esteemed citizen.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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