Biography of Myron B. Gessaman
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Myron B. Gessaman, who is assistant prosecuting attorney of Franklin County, is a veteran of the World War, and one of the young men of Columbus who has already achieved marked success in his chosen profession. He was born at Youngstown, Ohio, October 15, 1894, the son of George D. and Frances L. (Bierdeman) Gessaman.

George D. Gessaman was born at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1860. He spent his boyhood there and also lived in Masoning County, Ohio, where he was educated. He was an iron and steel worker, later became a coal merchant in Youngstown, and in 1921 came to Columbus, where he became assistant state purchasing agent. He died January 30, 1926, and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. His widow, born at Saegertosvn, Pennsylvania, lives at 86 Chittenden Avenue, Columbus. To Mr. and Mrs. Gessaman were born two sons: Myron B., the subject of this sketch; and Walter F., lives at Monroe, Michigan.

Myron B. Gessaman attended the public schools of Youngstown, Ohio, and in 1912 was graduated from Rayen High School. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1916 and was graduated from the Law School of the same university in 1920. After being admitted to the Ohio State bar, Mr. Gessaman came to Columbus, where he was associated in the practice of law with F. Stanley Crooks, with offices at 8 East Broad Street. Mr. Gessaman was appointed assistant city attorney of Columbus on January 15, 1923, and assumed his present duties as assistant county prosecutor on February 1, 1928.

Mr. Gessaman enlisted for service during the World War in June, 1917, and was sent to Allentown, Pennsylvania, with the Ambulance Service. He sailed on June 13, 1918, with Section No. 542, U. S. A. A. S., and landed at Genoa, Italy, on June 27th. He went to France in August, 1918, and participated in the St. Mihiel offensive and the Argonne drive. He was later with the Army of Occupation in Germany, and was discharged in May, 1919.

On August 22, 1922, Mr. Gessaman was united in marriage with Miss Marie C. Sommer, of Canton, Ohio, the daughter of David S. and Anna Sommer, natives of Ohio, both now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Gessaman have been born two children: Ann Catherine, born in 1925; and David George, born in 1928.

Politically Mr. Gessaman is a Republican, and in 1926 he served as president of the Buckeye Republican Club. He is a member of the Indianola Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 37, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Franklin Post No. 1, American Legion, Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Delta Phi fraternities. He is also identified with the Franklin County Bar Association.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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