Biography of Lt. Col. George W. Tooill
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Lt. Col. George W. Tooill was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1912, and thereafter continued in the general practice of law in the city of Columbus until the spring of 1923, when he was appointed inheritance tax expert in the department of the Tax Commission of Ohio, and continued in that capacity until he resumed the private practice of law.

Mr. Tooill was born at Milford, Union County, Ohio, December 15, 1864, and was reared at Carroll, Fairfield County, Ohio, where he completed the curriculum of the high school. He thereafter attended Ohio University, at Athens, and in this institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1905. To his credit is a record of long and successful service as a teacher in the public schools of Ohio, his pedagogic work having included his service as teacher of mathematics in North High School, Columbus. While holding this high school position he studied law in the law school maintained by the local Young Men's Christian Association, and in 1912 he was admitted to the bar and established himself in practice in Columbus. Here he continued his independent professional activities until he was called to the office of the Tax Commission of Ohio, but he later resumed the private practice of law. He maintains offices in the Beggs Building, 21 East State Street.

As a youth Colonel Tooill enlisted in the old 14th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard at Canal Winchester, Franklin County, Ohio. His company was then commanded by Capt. John C. Speaks, who later became a brigadier general in the Ohio Guards and later served as congressman of this district. For several years Mr. Tooill did not maintain active affiliation with the National Guard, but under the administration of Governor Harmon he was made captain in the Quartermaster Corps, he having previously gained the rank of capthin in the regiment in which he enlisted. After another interval of non membership he was again called into military service in the autumn of 1923, when he received from Governor Donahey a commission as captain in the section of the Judge Advocate General, and was assigned to the staff of the 37th Division, commanded by Gen. Benson W. Hough. Later, he was promoted to major and retired as lieutenant colonel.

Colonel Tooill married Miss Louella M. Smith, and they are the parents of three children: Kenneth D. on the editorial staff of the Columbus Dispatch, is married and has one child, Jack Pershing; Kathleen O., married Roy S. Snively, and died January 25, 1926, leaving three children, Mary Kathleen, George E., and Myra J.; and McKendree S. Tooill, insurance department, Columbus Dispatch, is married and has one child, Mary Kathleen.

Mrs. Tooill died April 2, 1929. She was born near Westerville, Ohio, September 21, 1866, a daughter of Phillip and Mary E. (Smith) Smith. She was a sister of the late Dr. McKendree Smith who was a prominent physician of Columbus.

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


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