Biography of Ulysses S. Denman
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Ulysses Grant Denman, one of the prominent lawyers of Ohio and for nearly thirty years a member of the Toledo bar, is senior member of the well known law firm of Denman, Kirkbride, Wilson & McCabe.

Ulysses Grant Denman is a representative of one of the pioneer families of northwestern Ohio and was born in Wilshire, Van Wert county, this state, on the 24th of November, 1866, his parents being John and Eliza Jane (Dailey) Denman. The father was a native of New Jersey and came to Ohio as a young man. He served throughout the Civil war, later taking up his residence in Van Wert county, where he continued to reside to the time of his demise, which occurred in 1910, when he had reached the notable old age of ninety two years. His wife, who was a native of Ohio, survived him for more than a decade, being eighty eight years of age when she was called to her final rest, passing away at Wilshire, Ohio, December 17, 1921.

Ulysses G. Denman completed the high school course in his native town with the class of 1885. He afterward became a student in the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, and subsequently attended the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, from which he was graduated in 1889. Turning to the profession of teaching, he successfully followed it for several years but always regarded this merely as an initial step to other professional labor, as it was his desire and purpose to become a lawyer. With this end in view he entered the law department of the University of Michigan and received his LL. B. degree with the class of 1894. The same year Mr. Denman was admitted to practice at the Ohio bar and opened a law office in Toledo. He has been very successful in his profession. A profound, astute and versatile lawyer, he enjoys an exceptionally high class clientele, which he has represented in some of the most important litigation that has come up before the courts of this city.

Mr. Denman is one of the most prominent republicans in northwestern Ohio and while he has held many public offices, nearly all of these have been along the strict path of his profession. He served as assistant city solicitor from 1900 until 1902 and then was called upon to act as one of the lawmakers of the state, being chosen to represent his district in the house of representatives. He was city solicitor of Toledo from 1903 until 1906 and in 1908 was elected attorney general of Ohio to fill out an unexpired term. He was then reelected to the office in 1909 and continued to serve through the succeeding two years. In 1911 he was appointed United States district attorney for the northern district of Ohio and in these connections he has made a notable record of able and fearless service. He belongs to the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is honored and respected by his colleagues as one of those who fully uphold the ethical standards and ideals of the profession Among his business interests he is a director of the Buckeye National Fire Insurance Company and president of the Maumee Valley Mortgage Company.

On the 26th of December, 1889, Mr. Denman was united in marriage to Miss Frances May Neptune of Adams county, Indiana, a daughter of James I. Neptune of that county. They have one child, Agnes Neptune, who was born in Toledo on the 20th of June, 1903, and is attending the Toledo Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts.

Mr. Denman belongs to the Commerce Club, also to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. There is never any question as to his position upon any vital proposition, for his standpoint is never an equivocal one. He closely and thoroughly investigates any cause or interest with which he has to do and then stands firmly in support of what he believes to be right. His activities have been comprehensive in scope, far reaching and beneficial in results.

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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