Biography of Amos Townsend
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

AMOS TOWNSEND, who had many conspicuous connections with Cleveland life and affairs, was born near Pittsburgh in 1831, and as a youth came to Ohio and was a merchant at Mansfield for some years. He acted as marshal to the Congressional Investigating Committee sent out to report on the condition of affairs during the early Kansas struggles. In 1858 he removed to Cleveland and was in business for many years as a wholesale grocery merchant, being connected with several of the leading firms of the city, eventually as senior member of William Edwards & Company. In 1865 he was elected to the City Council, serving five consecutive terms, was a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1873 and in 1876 elected to Congress, being relected in 1878 and 1880. Much of the federal legislation affecting Cleveland during that period bore the impress of his active influence. He was also a member of Cleveland's first park commission, was a member of the Cleveland Grays, and belonged to many social organizations, his genial temperament and splendid address making him exceedingly popular.

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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