Raymond A. Phelan, of Columbus, is regarded as one of the most successful young attorneys of Franklin County,
having held the office of assistant prosecuting attorney since 1924. He was born in Columbus, February 10, 1896,
the son of Edward L. and Elizabeth L. (Monroe) Phelan.
Edward L. Phelan was born at Taylor's Station, Franklin County, September 7, 1858, the son of Martin Phelan, who
was born in Ireland in 1814. The latter was an early settler of Columbus and died in this city in 1890. His son,
Edward L., began railroading in 1876 and was employed as a brakeman, and later as a conductor, having served in
the latter capacity for eleven years. He resigned from the service in 1890 and became deputy sheriff of Franklin
County under Sheriff James Ross. Mr. Phelan died in 1908 and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Columbus. His
widow, born at Portsmouth, Ohio, August 5, 1854, lives at Columbus. Raymond A., the subject of this sketch, was
the youngest of eight children.
Raymond A. Phelan obtained his education in Holy Rosary Parochial School, Columbus, and in March, 1913, became
a reporter on the Columbus Evening Dispatch. He was thus employed until January, 1921, when he was appointed county
detective under Judge King. He studied at the Columbus Law School and was admitted to the bar in January, 1924.
He immediately was appointed to the office of assistant prosecuting attorney.
On February 1, 1923, Mr. Phelan married Miss Virginia Knight, of Columbus. They have a son, John Raymond.
Mr. Phelan is a Republican, a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. He is a member of the Franklin County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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