Biography of Hon. George H. Bender
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HON. GEORGE H. BENDER. The youngest man ever chosen member of the Ohio State Senate, George H. Bender began work in practical politics in his home City of Cleveland before he was of voting age and is one of the ablest leaders of the republican party in the state. His success in business affairs has been fully commensurate with his rise in politics.

He was born in Cleveland, September 27, 1896, son of Joseph and Anna Bender. He had a public school education and is a graduate of the Commercial and Central high schools. Even before completing his school work he had some practical training in newspaper work, and he early took up and specialized in advertising. He was in the advertising department of one of Cleveland's newspapers and subsequently became advertising manager for Cleveland's great department store, the Baily Company. He resigned as publicity man for the Baily Company in 1923 to become general manager of the Bedell Company, one of Cleveland's largest woman's wearing apparel houses.

Mr. Bender as a boy, with the natural tendency of a boy for hero worship, chose the late Theodore Roosevelt as the object of his admiration, and though only sixteen years of age, he was an important factor in the campaign of 1912, when Colonel Roosevelt was candidate of the progressive party for President. He managed the Roosevelt campaign in the Eighteenth Ward. This was the only ward in Cleveland carried by Roosevelt that year. At the popular primary and general election in 1920 Mr. Bender served as secretary of the Republican Senatorial Committee of Cuyahoga County. This committee handled the successful campaign of Frank B. Willis for the United States Senate. In the same campaign Mr. Bender was on the ticket as candidate for the State Senate to represent the Twenty fifth Senatorial District. He led the republican ticket and election gave him the distinction of being the youngest member ever elected to the Ohio Senate, and also the youngest ever chosen to that office in any state. In 1922 he was reelected, and has proved one of the able men in the State Senate, where his leadership and his earnestness have been recognized. He introduced several bills. Two of them became laws: Senate Bill No. 37, to prohibit the obstruction of the view of the interior of poolrooms, billiard parlors and soft drink places; and Senate Bill No. 101, providing for the levy. and distribution of taxes on the taxable property of the state for the support of common schools, the adjustment of tax limitation, applicable to levies for local schools and township purposes, and to such ends amending certain actions of the general code. Senator Bender voted against the state reorganization bill, and he favored the minimum wage bill and the teachers' tenure bill.

This brief recital of his activities and honors constitutes a remarkable record for a man of his years. He is a member of the Official Board of the Woodland Avenue Presbyterian Church at Cleveland. He is president of the Roosevelt Legion of Ohio. Mr. Bender is a Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias and Knights of Malta and the Orangemen.

On June 20, 1920, he married Miss Edna B. Eckhardt, daughter of Adam B. and Barbara Eckhardt of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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