Biography of Thomas N. Bierly
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Thomas N. Bierly, attorney at law, who has long occupied a position in the front rank of the legal profession in Toledo, comes to this state from Pennsylvania, his birth having occurred in Center county, February 21, 1855. He is a son of George and Sarah (Magee) Bierly, also natives of the Keystone state, whence they removed to Ohio in 1857, settling in Bracer, Wood county, where the father became a successful farmer, owning and cultivating a large and valuable tract of land throughout his remaining days. At the outbreak of the Mexican war he was appointed a captain of a Pennsylvania company and drilled the soldiers that went into service under his command. He was also made a drillmaster for the Federal troops during the Civil war. He passed away on his farm in Wood county at the notable age of ninety years, thus closing a life of great usefulness. His wife also passed away on the old homestead, at the age of eighty six years. In their family were eight children, four of whom have passed to the great beyond, while those living are: Thomas N.; Cyrus, a resident of Marcy, Minnesota; Mrs. Nancy Glantz of Bradner, Ohio; and. Mrs. Ella Westerfield, also living in Bradner.

In his youthful days Thomas N. Bierly attended the public schools of Prospect, Ohio, and early took up the profession of teaching in the country schools, which he followed for several years. He regarded this, however, merely as an initial step to other professional labor, as it was his desire to become a member of the bar and to this end he became a student in the law office Of James R. Tyler at Perrysburg, who directed his reading until his admission to the bar in 1876. He afterward engaged in practice in Perrysburg and continued successfully in active practice in Wood county for eighteen years. In 1897, with broad and valuable experience, he came to Toledo, where he opened an office, and through the intervening period he has won place among the most prominent and highly respected members of the bar of this city. He displays marked ability in analyzing his cases and in readily seeing the relation between cause and effect, while he is seldom, if ever, at fault in them application of a legal principle.

Mr. Bierly was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Furbush of Adrian, Michigan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Furbush, and they have become parents of four children: Clarence C., born in Pemberville, Ohio, and educated in the Toledo high school, is now engaged in the insurance business in this city. He married Miss Frances Bowne of Chicago and they have two children, Virginia and Jane;. Lulu, the second of the Bierly family, was born in Pemberville and also pursued a high school course in Toledo; Everett O., born in Pemberville, Ohio, and educated in the Toledo schools, married Miss Maude DeMuth and they have three children, Maxine, Phyllis and Richard; Neva, born in Pemberville, has also pursued a high school course in Toledo. The family reside at No. 1793 Parkside.

Mr. Bierly has given his political allegiance to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right. of franchise and has several times been called to public office: He served for eight years as mayor of Pemberville, giving to the city a businesslike and progressive administration, and he was also president of the school board there. He has likewise been a nominee for the office of common pleas judge and circuit judge. While undoubtedly not without that political ambition which is so great ancapabilityfor fidelity and capaibility in public office, he nevertheless regards the pursuits of private life as in themselves abundantly worthy of his best efforts and concentrates his time and attention upon his professional duties, his devotion to his clients interests being proverbial. He belongs to both the Lucas County and Ohio State Bar associations and enjoys in unusual degree the confidence, goodwill and respect of his professional brethren. He is also a loyal member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the Royal Arch degrees.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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