Biography of Arthur J. Thatcher
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Arthur John Thatcher, county auditor, is a prominent citizen of Franklin County, active in the civic, fraternal, and community affairs of Columbus. He was born at Toledo, Ohio, June 7, 1865, the son of John S. and Elizabeth (Pulling) Thatcher.

John S. Thatcher, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in 1844 and died in 1867, his death being the result of injuries received during the war. He was an expert accountant in the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Company. His wife, born in England, died in 1923, and is buried at Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Thatcher was buried in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Their only child was Arthur John, the subject of this sketch.

Arthur John Thatcher grew up in Columbus and received his education in the public schools. When a young man he was employed by the New York City Dry Goods Company as cashier, but soon resigned to accept a position with the Tracey Wells Company as bookkeeper. He was later associated with Schwartz & Schwenker Company and for a time was the owner of a cigar and news stand. In 1889 Mr. Thatcher became an accountant for the Nelson Morris Beef Company, at Columbus, and was later employed by the same company in its Detroit offices. In 1891 he became bookkeeper and traveling auditor for the United States Wringer Company, with headquarters in Columbus; in 1901 he accepted the office of chief clerk in the director of accounts' office, Columbus; in 1903 he became a writer for the Press Post of Columbus; in 1906 he became a staff writer for the Ohio Sun; in 1907 he became examiner of the State Bureau for Inspection and Supervision of Public Offices; in 1908 he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the Ohio Contractors Association; in 1908 he also established the publication of a trade journal, which he continued until 1917; in 1912 he became secretary to Mayor George J. Karb, of Columbus; in 1918 he was appointed director of public safety in the city of Columbus; in 1920 he was appointed deputy commissioner of the Security Department, State of Ohio, by Governor Cox; in 1921 he established an office as advisor on laws pertaining to the sale of securities; and in 1922 he was elected county auditor of Franklin County. Mr. Thatcher was reelected to this office in 1926.

As a writer on governmental affairs Mr. Thatcher is recognized as a national authority. His articles appear weekly in the papers in the city of Columbus and may be found frequently in leading newspapers and magazines throughout the country. He is also a leading figure as a speaker on national affairs.

In December, 1894, Mr. Thatcher was united in marriage with Miss Maude Wilson, of Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Pulling) Wilson, the former a native of Wisconsin and the latter of England. Mr. Wilson, deceased, served as postmaster of South Chicago for many years. His widow lives in Chicago. To Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher were born two children: Ruth, who lives at home; and Newton A., chief accountant in the county auditor's office. He is a graduate of Ohio University.

Politically, Mr. Thatcher is a Democrat. He is a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 37; Modern Woodmen of America; Franklin County Democratic Club; Knights of Pythias; and Olentangy Club.

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


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