Joseph W. Horner has been a qualified member of the Ohio bar since 1903, and is the United States Commissioner,
with offices at 42 East Gay Street, Columbus. For fifteen years he practiced law at Newark, Ohio, and came to Columbus
as assistant secretary of state. Since leaving that office he has had a busy practice as an attorney. He is an
official and counsel for a number of prominent corporations in Ohio.
Mr. Horner was born in Jackson Township, Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1871, the son of John and Margaret (Riley)
Horner, both deceased. His mother died in March, 1923, at the age of eighty seven years. Mr. Horner was reared
on a farm, had only a common school education and earned the rest of his schooling, at first by farm work and later
by teaching. In 1899 he was graduated from Ohio Northern University at Ada. He began teaching before graduation
there. For four years he taught at Roscoe in Coshocton County, and for two years was principal of the high school
at St. Louisville in Licking County, Ohio. In the meantime he studied law in Ohio Northern University, graduating
in 1903. He was admitted to the bar in that year, and began his practice at Newark. In 1914 he was elected on the
Republican ticket to the office of prosecuting attorney of Licking County. His election was an important event
in state politics, since he was the first Republican ever chosen to that office in Licking County. In March, 1919,
Mr. Homer was appointed assistant secretary of state, and he came to Columbus and served in that capacity four
years until January 8, 1923.
After retiring from office Mr. Horner remained in Columbus and resumed his law practice. He has given special attention
to corporation law and to matters coming under the blue sky law of Ohio. He is attorney and director of a number
of corporations. In December, 1927, he was appointed United States Commissioner and is still serving in that capacity.
Mr. Horner is a member of the Franklin County, Ohio State, and the American Bar Associations. He is also a member
of the Free and Accepted Masons, Franklin Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar Commandery, Aladdin Temple,
A. A. O. N. M. S., a member of the chorus, and the Republican Glee Club. He attends the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Horner married Miss Marie Blatt of Cleveland. They reside at 325 South Parkview Avenue, Bexley.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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