Biography of Hon. Archelius D. Marsh
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

In the sudden death of the late Hon. Archelaus D. Marsh, which occurred at Celina, Ohio, on May 26, 1904, Mercer County lost one of her distinguished men. He was the recognized leader of the Democrat party, a prominent member of the bar, and one of the most valued, useful and public-spirited citizens of Celina. The birth of Mr. Marsh took place in Clay township, Highland! County, Ohio, on April 19, 1843, and he was the only son of James P. and Ellen J. Marsh.

Mr. Marsh was reared and educated in Highland County. In 1868 he moved to Sardinia, Brown County, Ohio, where he read law under W. W. McKnight and Clinton & White. Late in 1872 he was admitted to the bar at Georgetown, the county seat of Brown County. Prior to this however, in 1869, he was elected by the Democratic party to the office of township clerk, and later he became a justice of the peace, continuing in office for some years. In 1874 he settled permanently at Celina, entering into partnership with John W. Loree, the firm of Marsh & Loree existed continuously for the succeeding 22 years. Business interests and mutual esteem combined to make this one of the strongest law combinations in this city. Mr. Marsh was recognized as an able advocate and made a specialty of the criminal practice, in which he was a very successful lawyer, but not in any degree did he overlook the large and paying civil and comercial practice that came to his office.

From his year of maturity, Mr. Marsh was devoted, heart and mind, to the Democratic party, thoroughly believing in its principles and willing to struggle to uphold them. From the first he was recognized as a possible future leader, and the predictions of the old war horses of the party, that the time would conic when the able young attorney would become an important factor in public affairs came true. He had lived but three years in Mercer County, when he was elected to the Ohio Legislature, was returned for a second term in 1879 and returned again in 1883, when he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. In this position he presided with efficiency and dignity.

The political history of Ohio and the public agitation of the succeeding years may yet be carefully written. A faithful record would tell of the fidelity with which Mr. Marsh served his party and consistently followed in the path of duty. Three times chosen as his party's candidate for Congress, only unusual conditions prevented his election to a position which he would have adorned. Scarcely any man, who for 20 years was prominent in public life, passed off the stage of human affairs with so unsullied a record. Throughout his long and successful career as a lawyer, he never lost the esteem and respect of his fellow members of the bar; they loved and admired the manly traits which he possessed, and the courage he displayed in the prosecution or defense of the cases undertaken by him.

In 1865 Mr. Marsh was united in marriage with Mary J. Thompson, who was born at Sardinia, Brown County, Ohio, and who died in April, 1904. The children of this union were: Clayton L., Clara D., Verna A., Arvesta Lee, Nora B., Clarence E. and Loree L. Clarence E. Marsh, with whom our subject was associated in the practice of law at the time of his death, is one of Celina's leading professional men. He is now serving as prosecuting attorney of Mercer County. Loree L. Marsh, the youngest son, who was elected coroner of Mercer County in November, 1906, is also a young man of great promise.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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