Biography of John H. Summers
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





John H. Summers, who is a member of the firm of Turner, Calland & Summers, is one of the best known lawyers in Franklin County, engaged in practice at Columbus. He was born at Gallipolis, Ohio, June 21, 1886, the son of Charles H. D. and Jennie (Selfridge) Summers.

Charles H. D. Summers was reared and educated at Gallipolis, where he was born. He was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1884 and throughout his professional career was located at Gallipolis, where he established an extensive law practice. Mr. Summers died in 1919 and is buried at Gallipolis. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Morning Dawn Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Gallipolis Chapter, R. A. M., and Moriah Council, R. and S. M. His widow lives in Columbus. To Mr. and Mrs. Summers were born three children: John H., the subject of this sketch; Annette, lives in Wheeling, West Virginia; and Ruth, married Robert J. Odell, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume.

John H. Summers was educated in the public schools of Gallipolis and in 1903 was graduated from Academy High School. He spent four years at Ohio Wesleyan University and in 1907 entered Cincinnati Law School, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1910. He then engaged in the coal mining business for one year in Gallia County, Ohio, and in May, 1911, came to Columbus where he entered the law office of Huggins, Huggins & Hoover. On January 13, 1913, he formed a partnership with Daniel H. Sowers and Frederick N. Sinks. Mr. Summers was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of Franklin County in January, 1915, under Judge Robert P. Duncan, and spent the first two years of his term in the criminal division of that office. At the reelection of Judge Duncan Mr. Summers was reappointed and the following two years was in charge of civil work. In January, 1919, he was again appointed assistant prosecuting attorney in charge of the civil work of that office under the late Hugo N. Schlesinger. In 1921 he became associated with Hon. Edward C. Turner and Albert M. Calland as a member of the firm of Turner, Calling & Summers. Mr. Turner retired from the firm in 1926 to take up his duties as attorney general of Ohio, the firm then being known as Calland & Summers. In January, 1927, Mr. Calland became special counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Mr. Summers continued alone in private practice during 1927 and 1928. In January, 1929, the former partnership of Turner, Calland & Summers was resumed.

On October 6, 1915, Mr. Summers was united in marriage with Miss Louise Satins, daughter of James H. and Margaret (Martin) Sanns, of Gallipolis. Mr. Sanns is deceased and his widow lives at Gallipolis. To Mr. and Mrs. Summers have been born two sons: James Sanns, born December 18, 1916; and Thomas Sowers, born December 1, 1921.

Mr. Summers is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and is a member of the vestry and church treasurer. He is identified with the Franklin County, Ohio State, and American Bar Associations, and is affiliated with David N. Kinsman Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Scioto Cortsistory, Scottish Rite Masons; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Beta Theta Pi and Phi Delta Phi fraternities; Columbus Athletic Club; University Club; and Columbus Country Club. Politically Mr. Summers is a Democrat.

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


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