Biography of John F. Goldenbogen
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN F. GOLDENBOGEN, county commissioner of Cuyahoga County, has been in close touch with public affairs in Cleveland for many years, and is widely known as a leader and prominent influence in the republican party of his home county and state. His official record has been one marked throughout by the highest efficiency and fidelity.

Mr. Goldenbogen has spent practically all his life in Cleveland, though he was born in Germany, September 8, 1864, and was brought to this country in 1866 by his parents, Frederick and Frederica (Wismar) Goldenbogen. They settled in Brooklyn Township, now the Seventh Ward of the City of Cleveland. Frederick Goldenbogen was a car builder by trade. For a number of years he was employed in the shops of the old Atlantic and Western, now the Erie Railroad. Subsequently he was a foreman for the old Six Cent Street Railway. When electric power was substituted for the operation of that street car line he resigned His death occurred in 1916, and his wife died when her son John was a small boy.

John F. Goldenbogen acquired a public school education. When in his eighteenth year he went to work in the shipping department of the Peck, Stowe & Wilson Company, and two years later went with J. Herig & Sons, leaving there to become a clerk in the freight department of the Erie Railway at Cleveland. During the thirteen years he was in the railroad service he was several times promoted, and when he resigned was presented with a handsome token of the high regard of his fellow employes and superiors.

In the meantime he had interested himself in public affairs and was building up a large personal influence in politics. In 1892 he was elected clerk of the Cleveland Board of Education, and served until a change occurred in the political makeup of the board. Following that he went to the City of Washington to become superintendent of the Document Room of the United States Senate, and held that office until 1908. He was appointed by his personal friend, the late Senator J. B. Foraker. On his return to Cleveland Mr. Goldenbogen was appointed clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, serving until January 1, 1915, when a change in politics of the board let him out. In January, 1915, he was elected secretary of the South Brooklyn Business Men's Association, and after several years in that work was appointed deputy auditor by Auditor Zangerle.

In 1922 the probate judge, county auditor and county recorder selected Mr. Goldenbogen as a county commissioner to fill out the unexpired term of Fred Kohier, who had resigned to become mayor of Cleveland. He served under the appointment until the next general election in August, 1922, when he was chosen to fill out the unexpired term, until January 1, 1925.

Mr. Goldenbogen has a most interesting record of service in the republican party of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the state. As a young man he was elected a member of the Republican County Central Committee, serving three years. He is a charter member of the Tippecanoe Club, and has served as president of the Ohio League of Republican Clubs, secretary of the McKinley Club, treasurer of the South Side Republican Club, treasurer of the Y.oung Men's Republican Club, secretary of the Republican Committee of Cuyahoga County and has been a delegate to various county and state republican conventions.

Mr. Goldenbogen is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the National Union and the American Insurance Union. Mr. Goldenbogen married Miss Minnie Wendell, daughter of Karl Wendell, who came to Cleveland from Chicago, where Mrs. Goldenbogen was born. To their union have been born the following children: Arthur, who married a Miss Schaaf, of Cleveland; Florence, who married Rudolph Groege, of Cleveland; John F., Jr., who married Bertha Booth, of West Jefferson, Ohio, and Miss Grace, at home.

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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