Biography of Hon. Edward C. Turner
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Hon. Edward C. Turner. - Edward Crawford Turner took office as attorney general of the State of Ohio on January 1, 1927, after an absence of ten years from that office. His first term in that office will stand for all time as a splendid example of vigorous, non partisan administration. The second term ended December 31, 1928.

Mr. Turner worked his way through Ohio State University, where he gained the degree of LL. B. in 1901 and LL. M. in 1903, and began to practice law in Columbus, taking a part in political affairs while still a youth. His first larger experience came when he was elected prosecuting attorney of Franklin County. He entered upon his duties in January, 1911. Within three months he was engaged in one of the largest prosecutions in the history of the state. Disclosures had been made that bribery was rampant in the Ohio General Assembly. With the late Timothy S. Hogan, then attorney general, Mr. Turner entered upon the prosecution of the cases. Mr. Turner is a Republican and Mr. Hogan was a Democrat, but political considerations did not govern. Men of both parties were prosecuted. The probe reached the bottom of lobbying in the State House. The vigorous prosecution resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of a number of legislators. The air was cleared and for years afterwards no hint of scandal disturbed the people of the state.

In the midst of the prosecutions in 1912, Mr. Turner was a candidate for reelection. He neglected his campaign to devote himself to the task in hand, but the people of Franklin County took notice, and he was returned to office by a large majority, notwithstanding the Republican Progressive split of that year. The work finished, Mr. Turner corrected abuses in the state civil service by prosecution of several Democrats who had collected contributions in violation of law.

In 1914 Mr. Turner became a candidate for attorney general, winning the Republican nomination and being elected easily. He entered office in 1915 His term in office was successful, but in 1916 he met defeat for a second term in the same election in which Woodrow Wilson carried Ohio as Democratic candidate for president by 90,000. The attorney general lost by a small plurality. In the midst of the campaign Mr. Turner repudiated the support of a political organization which capitalized religious prejudice, asserting that he could not take support from such a group. Retiring from office, he resumed the practice of law.

In 1926 Mr. Turner was again called to public service when nominated for attorney general by the Republicans. In his campaign he refused to bow to blocs and groups and although a number opposed him strenuously, he was elected by 45,000 majority.

Mr. Turner has not indicated whether he intends to take further part in public life. In policy, he represents a demand for return to constitutional government.

Mr. Turner was born in Columbus, March 26, 1872, and is the son of Robert M. and Jane L. (Crawford) Turner. He married, December 11, 1902, Miss Nan A. Jahn, of Columbus.

He is affiliated fraternally with the Masonic orders.

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


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