Biography of Frank H. Pelton
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK H. PELTON, a member of the Cleveland law firm of Krueger & Pelton, with offices in the building of the Fidelity Mortgage Company, in which corporation both members of the firm are interested, is a scion of one of the old and honored pioneer families of the Western Reserve in Ohio, the while he is a representative in the ninth generation of direct descent from John Pelton, who came from England to America in 1632 and settled first in Boston, whence he later went to Connecticut, with the annals Of which commonwealth the family name long continued to be prominently identified. Ephraim Pelton, great grandfather of him whose name initiates this review, was born and reared in Connecticut, and became an early settler in the Genesee Valley of the State of New York, where was born his son Henry, grandfather of Frank H. of this sketch. In the year 1826 Henry Pelton came to the historic Western Reserve in Ohio and settled at Wiloughby, Lake County, in which section of the state he passed the remainder of his long and useful life, he having been one of the honored pioneer citizens of that county at the time of his death. His son John, father of him to whom this sketch is dedicated, was born and reared in Lake County, where he still resides and is successfully engaged in farm enterprise, a basic industry which there had a substantial representative in the person of his father, who contributed distinctly to the civic and material development and advancement of that favored section. John Pelton wedded Miss Jennie Baker, who was born at Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, and who is a daughter of the late Simon Baker, likewise a native of Painesville, his father, Henry Baker, having been another of the sterling pioneers of that part of the Western Reserve.

The birthplace of Frank H. Pelton was in the same room of the old homestead in which his father likewise was born, and the year of his nativity was 1882. In the public schools of his native town of Willoughby Frank H. Pelton continued his studies until his graduation from the high school as a member of the class of 1900. His higher academic education was obtained in Adelbert College, now a part of Western Reserve University, where he was a recognized leader in athletics and college activities. He was graduated in 1904, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1906 he was graduated from the law school of Western Reserve University, and his admission to the bar of Ohio was virtually coincident with his reception of the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In 1908 he was admitted to practice in the United States District and Circuit courts in Ohio.

Shortly after his graduation from law school Mr. Pelton engaged in the work of his profession in Cleveland, where he continued to be associated with the law firm of Treadway & Marshall until April, 1921, when he became a member of the firm of Townes, Krueger, Portmann & Pelton. He continued this professional alliance until the spring of 1922, when both Mr. Krueger and himself withdrew from the partnership and formed the present law firm of Krueger & Pelton. The members of the firm and associates have well proven their powers as resourceful advocates and counselors and have a secure vantage-ground as representative members of the Cleveland bar. August 20, 1911, recorded the marriage of Mr. Pelton and Miss Elsie Ann Johnson, the daughter of Capt. Thomas Johnson, vice president and manager of the Great Lakes Towing Company.

Mr. Pelton takes vital interest in all that concerns the well-being of his native state and his home city. He is on the directorate of many successful companies, and is actively identified with the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, is a popular member of the Cleveland Bar Association, the University Club, the Mid-Day Club and the Shaker Heights Country Club.

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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