Biography of George W. Millard
Lucas County, OH Biographies

The name of Millard has figured in connection with the Toledo bar for fifty five years, for George W. Millard of this review, has for twenty eight years practiced in this city, while his father, Judge Irwin I. Millard, became a representative of the legal profession in Toledo in 1867. Since that date the name has ever been a synonym for the highest standards of professional service and the closest observance of professional ethics. Judge Irwin I. Millard was born in Richland county, Ohio, December 9, 1838, and a life of intense and well directed activity and service to his fellowmen was ended on the 24th of December, 1907, when he passed away in Toledo. He was of English lineage, his ancestry being traced back to Thomas Millard, who left Birmingham, England, in 1681 to become a resident of the new world. He made the voyage to America in one of the ships of the fleet that brought William Penn to this country and he was in the company which established Philadelphia, where the home of the Miliards Was maintained for several generations, Judge Millard being of the sixth generation in the new world. His grandparents were the Rev. Thomas and Hannah Millard, the former a Methodist preacher, who engaged in missionary work in the days of Ohio's early development and acquired a tract of government land in Crawford county, this state. He was an intimate friend of the distinguished Peter Cartwright. Rev. Thomas Millard and his wife were laid to rest on the portion of the ground which they took up from the government many years ago. The parents of Judge Millard were Joseph and Molly (Immel) Millard, the former a native of Chester county, Pennsylvania He learned the miller's trade and for a number of years operated a flour mill at Lodi, Ohio, there remaining until his death in 1857. Both he and his wife were buried in Crawford county.

Judge Millard, the youngest of a family of three sons, spent his early youth in Wayne county, Ohio, and after leaving the public schools attended the Fredericksburg Academy between the ages of seventeen and twenty years, although teaching during a portion of each year. On the 11th of August, 1861, he responded to the country's call for further troops to aid in the preservation of the Union and joined Company I, of the Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving under Colonel Moses Dickey with the army of the Ohio, being stationed much of the time at Bowling Green, Kentucky, until his never robust health succumbed to the hardships of war and by order of the regimental surgeon he was mustered out on account of physical disability in 1862. Though for a time his life was despaired of he afterward recuperated and resumed the profession of teaching at Weilersville, Ohio. He came to Toledo in 1863 and for a time was employed as clerk in the recorder's office and for one year was deputy recorder. He next became bookkeeper for Alonzo Goddard, consignee of the Erie Railroad line of steamboats and the Miami & Erie Canal line in Toledo. A desire, however, to become a member of the bar prompted him to take up law studies in the office of Bissell & Morrill, attorneys of Toledo, with whom he remained until the spring of 1867, when he was admitted to the bar and at once formed a partnership with his former preceptors. He thereafter continued in the active practice of law until 1891 and for many years was regarded as a most distinguished figure at the Lucas county bar, being retained as counsel for the prosecution or defense in many of the most notable cases tried in the courts here. He soon gained a firm hold upon the respect and affectionate regard of his fellow townsmen by reason of his splendid personal characteristics and his ability as a lawyer, so that when he became a candidate for the office of probate judge in the fall of 1891 he was elected by a very large majority and was three times reelected, being continued in the office far twelve years. His entire service was truly satisfactory to the public and in this connection the Bar Association at the time of his death said: "Judge Millard as probate judge was always courteous and attentive and to those seeking advice or counsel with reference to estates or other matters in his court he was always kind and sympathetic and ready to advise. Not only was he an impartial and careful adviser, counsellor and friend, but as a judge required to pass on important controversies and questions of law and fact, he showed conspicuous ability. While on the bench he was called upon to decide many important matters of law involving new and close questions. His opinions in such and in fact, all cases calling for statement of reasons from the bench were models of judicial clearness and reasoning. It was very rare that any decision of Judge Millard was reversed. It is safe to say that no man in Lucas county ever retired from the probate bench more universally esteemed than Irwin I. Millard. The regard of this community for his memory was shown by the universal expression of sorrow at his death and the great outpouring of people at his funeral."

Judge Millard was married on the 12th of March, 1863, to Miss Mary Catherine Keller of Weilersville, Ohio, a daughter of George and Susannah (Meyers) Keller. She was born in Crawford county, Ohio, in September, 1843, and died June 25, 1894. Judge and Mrs. Millard were parents of seven children: Irwin G.: George W.; Edna G., the wife of John Ehni; Clara M.; Fred J.; Ralph B.; and Edith B., all residents of Toledo. The daughter, Clam M., became an attorney and was the first woman admitted to the bar in northwest Ohio. She held the position of deputy in the office of the probate judge for twenty years.

George W. Millard, the second son, whose name introduces this review, was born in Toledo, December 24, 1872. He studied law with the firm of King & Tracy of this city and was admitted to the bar in 1894. He entered upon the practice of his profession in which he has made steady progress during the nearly thirty years in which he has been a representative of the Toledo bar. In 1904 he became a partner of his father in active practice under the firm style of Millard & Millard, and so continued until 1907, when Judge Millard passed away. George W. Millard has since practiced independently and his career at the Toledo bar has been a most creditable record of achievement.

Mr. Millard is a member of the Knights of Pythias and also of the Commercial Club, while along the line of his profession his connection is with the Toledo and Ohio State Bar associations. A lifelong resident of this city he has allays manifested a keen and helpful interest in everything pertaining to' Toledo's growth and development and to the maintenance of its civic standards.

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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