Biography of Hon. Theodore L. Strimple
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HON. THEODORE L. STRIMPLE, former judge of the Common Pleas Court at Cleveland, has earned a high reputation as an able attorney, and has given a generous measure of his time and abilities to the public service.

Judge Strimple was born in a log house near Mansfield, in Richland County, Ohio, April 25, 1859. His father, John Strimple, was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, February 19, 1829. The grandfather, Aaron Strimple, also a native of New Jersey, came to Ohio in 1839, accompanied by his own and three other families. This trip was made with wagons and teams and they were twenty nine days en route, landing in New Haven Township. At that period the greater part of that section was unimproved. In 1840 Aaron Strimple removed to Mifflin Township, leased land for several years, and about 1850 bought a farm on the land between Richland and Huron counties, part of the farm lying in each county. Later he bought eighty acres in Greenwich Township.

John Strimple devoted his active life to farming in Richland County, clearing up the land, and became well known as a stock raiser and stock dealer. He erected a fine set of building improvements, and these buildings are still standing in good condition. He lived there until his death in 1890. He was a republican, served as township trustee, and was a class leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church and superintendent of the Sunday school upwards of twenty five years. John Strimple married in 1851 Elizabeth Viers, who was born in Richland County, daughter of Liberton Viers, a pioneer of that county. Elizabeth Mary Strimple died in 1864, and John Strimple subsequently married her sister Loraine. The five sons of John Strimple were Silas W., Thomas K., Theodore L., Aaron B. and Aden L. Thomas was an attorney and died while serving in the Ohio Legislature, having cast his vote for Mr. Hanna for United States senator.

Theodore L. Strimple attended the public schools near his father's farm, and at the age of sixteen taught one term in the home district and later taught in the Black Fork district in Richland County. By teaching and other work he earned the money to improve his own education. In 1884 he was graduated from Baldwin University at Berea with the Bachelor of Philosophy degree. He studied law in the office of Chandler & Wilcox of Cleveland, was admitted to the bar June 1, 1886, and for a time was associated with Frank M. Chandler in publishing a law journal known as the Court Record, now the Cleveland Legal News. Following that he formed a partnership with the late Frank M. Wilcox, the firm handling an extensive law business.

Judge Strimple began his public career when appointed in January, 1891, assistant prosecuting attorney of Cuyahoga County. In 1895 he was appointed prosecuting attorney to fill the unexpired term of Judge Neff, and in 1896 was regularly elected to that office. In 1898 he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and he filled that office twelve years, having been reelected for a second term. Since retiring from the bench he has devoted his time to a general law practice, with offices in the Society for Savings Building. He was county school examiner of Cuyahoga County in 1889-91. Judge Strimple is an active republican.

In June, 1893, he married Miss Allie Wright, of Cleveland, daughter of Frederick and Dorothy (Pease) Wright. Her father was an extensive landholder, his property including the Beach Cliff property. Mrs. Strimple died June 21, 1922. They reared two children. The daughter, Pauline Marie, is a graduate of the Hathaway-Brown School of Cleveland, and by her marriage to Carl W. Fuller, has three children, named Catherine, Mary Louise and Carl W., Jr. The son, Theodore L. Strimple, Jr., is a graduate of Western Reserve University and married Louise Bowler, daughter of George W. Bowler and granddaughter of N. P. Bowler. They have one son, Lawrence Bowler Strimple. Theodore L. Strimple, Jr., now resides in Willoughby and is the assistant manager of the credit department of the National Acme Company.

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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