Biography of Frank B. Garrett
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK BURETTE GARRETT is numbered among the representative citizens and lawyers of the Collinwood district of the City of Cleveland, where he has been established in the successful practice of law for more than thirty years.

Frank B. Garrett was born at Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio, April 14, 1856, and is a son of Jesse R and Cordelia (Miller) Garrett, both natives of the State of New York, where the former was born at Pompey Hill, near the City of Syracuse, Onondago County, a son of John and Mary Garrett. Cordelia (Miller) Garrett was born in Monroe County, New York, a daughter of Hiram B. Miller. She was three years old when the family came from the old Empire State to Ohio, her father having purchased land in Hinckley Township, Medina County. where as a pioneer he reclaimed and developed a productive farm. The original domicile of the Miller family was a log house of the primitive pioneer type, and a number of years passed ere this gave place to a more pretentious dwelling. In the period leading up to and culminating in the Civil war Hiram 13. Miller was an ardent anti slavery man, and he was specially active in furthering the operations of the historic "underground railroad," through the medium of which many slaves were assisted to freedom when they lived from the South and made their way into Canada. Mrs. Cordelia (Miller) Garrett was one of the venerable pioneer women of Medina at the time of her death, she having passed away at the age of over ninety one years. Jesse R. Garrett was a young man when he came to Ohio and established his residence at. Brunswick, Medina County, where he passed the remainder of his long and useful life and where he gave twenty four years of service in the office of justice of the peace. He was long numbered among the representative citizens of Medina County, and was a man whose life was guided and governed by the highest principles, expressed in loyal personal stewardship.

The influences and discipline of the old home farm compassed the childhood and early youth of Frank B. Garrett, and his ambition was far from satisfied with the mere training of the district schools, with the result that he profited by the advantages of a normal school at Medina. Though he obtained a teacher's certificate, he did not enter into active pedagogic service, but remained on the farm until he had attained to the age of twenty three years, when, in consonance with well formulated plans born of his still unfulfilled ambition, he began reading law under the preceptorship of a leading lawyer in the City of Medina. He applied himself with characteristic diligence, made rapid progress in the assimilation of the involved science of jurisprudence, and in November, 1881, he gained admission to the Ohio bar upon examination before the Supreme Court of the state. Thereafter he continued to be engaged in the practice of his profession at Medina until 1889, when he found a broader field by coming to Cleveland. Here he established his residence in the Village of Collinwood, which is now part of the City of Cleveland, where he maintained his law office for some time. He later established an office in the City of Cleveland. In 1901, when the shops of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad were established at Collinwood, Mr. Garrett removed his office to Collinwood to do constructive. service in connection with opening allotments and the real estate business in the Collinwood district. In 1906 he gave up the real estate business, and since then he has given all of his time to the office practice of law. He now controls a substantial and important law business of general order, and maintains his offices in the Gunn Building, 788 East One Hundred and Fifty second Street.

Mr. Garrett became influential in civic affairs in the Village of Collinwood long before its annexation by the City of Cleveland. He served as clerk of the village Board of Health and was a member and clerk of the village Board of Education, and was otherwise prominent in the public affairs of the village He is a republican, and has served as a member of the Republican County Committee of Cuyahoga County. He is an active member of the Cleveland Bar Association, and he and his wife are members of the Church of Christ in their home district of Collinwood, he being an elder in this church. Mr. Garrett married Miss Ida M. Moore, who was born at Peekskill, New York, a daughter of Thomas and Maria (McGillivra) Moore, representatives of oid and honored families of the Empire State.

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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