Biography of Ernest P. Wilmot
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ERNEST P. WILM0T. Through a period of nearly half a century Ernest P. Wilmot has practiced law at Chagrin Falls in Cuyahoga County, and has not only won an enviable place in his profession, but is held in high esteem for the fine quality of public service he has rendered in that community.

He was born at Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio, March 11, 1851, son of Amzi and Minerva (Dudley) Wilmot. His father was born at Mantua, in Portage County, in 1823, and died there in April, 1899, having spent all his active years in farming. He took an active part in political matters as a republican, and for many years was a director of the Portage County Infirmary.

Ernest P. Wilmot is the oldest of five children, four of whom are living. He attended the district schools, a select school at Mantua, and was also a student in Hiram Institute. After completing his education he worked on the home farm, and btgan the study of law in 1872 with H. C. Ranney and E. P. Hatfield, then of Ravenna, later of Cleveland. Subsequently Mr. Wilmot continued his law studies with George F. Robinson, of Ravenna, who served continuously on the common pleas bench longer than any other judge in Ohio. Mr. Wihnot was admitted to the bar at Warren in April, 1876, and in the course of his long career and general practice at Chagrin Fails, has represented nearly all the important cases originated in this section of the county.

Mr. Wilmot has also served as justice of the peace and mayor. In 1902 he was head of the city government when the first pavement was laid in Chagrin Falls. He prepared the local legislation for the sewers in 1906 and for all of the pavements except two. Mr. Wilmot has been a member of Golden Gate Lodge No. 245, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, since 1884, and has served as worshipful master and since 1905 as secretary of the lodge. Since 1885 he has been a Royal; Arch Mason and served as high priest in 1891. On January 31, 1884, he married Miss Emma J. Waterman, who died June 19. 1919. The only child of their marriage was Virgil Wilmot, who died May 26, 1923. The son left surviving him his widow, Ethel M. Wilmot, and a son, David L. Wilmot, and a son, John P., was born in August, following his death.

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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