Hon. James Franklin Atwood is numbered among the able and highly successful attorneys of Franklin County, engaged
in practice at Columbus. He was born on a farm in Preston County, W. Va., May 8, 1883, the son of J. C. Atwood,
a native of Maryland.
James Franklin Atwood received his education in the public schools of Zanesville, Ohio, and in 1902 entered Ohio
State University, from which he received the degree of L. L. B. in 1907. He was admitted to the bar during that
year and successfully engaged in private practice in Columbus until 1918, at which time he was nominated as the
Republican candidate for state senator. He was defeated at that election but two years later was again nominated
and elected as state senator to represent the Tenth senatorial district in the 84th General Assembly. The following
bills were introduced by Senator Atwood: No. 3, which prevented traffic in stolen cars and required registration
and bill of sale to be given in event of sale or exchange in ownership of motor vehicles; No. 61, which authorized
W. H. Mathews, as trustee, to dispose of property; No. 66, which authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire
lands for the purpose of game propagation and for public hunting grounds, also to acquire fish hatchery sites and
to make the necessary regulations governing such territory; No. 104, to supplement Section of the General Code
by the enactment of a section to provide for the expense of extradition under the existing Juvenile Court Act;
No. 203, to amend sections of the General Code relating to powers of county commissioners concerning the treatment
of indigent persons afflicted with diphtheria; No. 212, to amend section and to supplement section of the General
Code by enactment of supplemental section and to repeal sections of the General Code, relative to the appointment
and compensation of the officers and employes of the Supreme Court; No. 265, which authorized the Adjutant General
to purchase the lease of the Hartman Hotel Building, located on the northwest corner of Main and Fourth Streets
for state office purposes and declaring an emergency. All of these bills became Caws.
Mr. Atwood served as chairman of the committee of Fish Culture and Game, and as a member of the following committees:
Colleges and Universities, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary, Military Affairs, Public Works, and State Buildings.
In the year 1922 Mr. Atwood was again elected state senator and served in the Eighty fifth General Assembly. He
introduced Senate Bill No. 27, to amend the General Code, relatives to salaries of elected state officers; No.
93, to provide for the proper maintenance, operation, and control of sewerage systems and sewage disposal works;
No. 112, to supplement the General Code by the enactment of sections relative to the custody and support of minor
children; No. 169, to change the manner in which the title of automobiles shall be registered, by amending certain
sections of the General Code; No. 175, to amend the General Code relative to giving false or short weight measure
by increasing the penalty of such offenses. All these bills became laws. Mr. Atwood served as chairman of the Finance
Mr. Atwood is now engaged in private practice at 33 North High Street.
On November 12, 1904, Mr. Atwood married Miss Mary C. Hiltburner, the daughter of Ezra
Hiltburner, of Huntington, W. Va. They have three children: James Franklin, Jr., attended Ohio State University;
Mary Catherine, a graduate of Ohio State University, class of 1930; and Clara Jeanette, who attends North High
Mr. Atwood is an active member of the Columbus Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations. He holds membership in the
North Methodist Episcopal Church; Modern Woodmen of America; Knights of Pythias; and Dramatic Order Knights of
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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