Biography of Hon. Benjamin F. Wirt
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

HON. BENJAMIN F. WIRT, one of Youngstown's most prominent and respected citizens, formerly a member of the state senate, who has been identified with the Youngstown bar for many years, was born March 26, 1852, at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, and is a son of William and Eliza J. (Sankey) Wirt.

His great grandfather, Peter Wirt, served in the War of Independence, enlisting from Pennsylvania. Peter Wirt, son of Peter and grandfather of Benjamin F., was born at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, served in the war of 1812, and was the founder of the family in Mahoning County, Ohio. William Wirt, his son, and the father of Benjamin F., was born in 1826, at Youngstown, and was here engaged in business as a contractor and builder for many years. In 1849 he married Eliza J. Sankey, who died September 23, 1881, leaving but one child, Benjamin F.

As his tastes led rather toward a professional life : than the one in which his father had achieved a competency, Benjamin Wirt prepared for the law with Hon. L. D. Woodworth, was admitted to the bar in 1873, and practiced in partnership with Judge Woodworth until 1880. In 1896 he entered. into partnership with M. A. Norris; but since he has been practicing alone. His legal ability is generally recognized throughout eastern Ohio, and he has successfully handled some of the most important litigation ever brought before the courts of this section. His office is located in the Second National Bank Building.

Since early manhood Mr. Wirt has been active politically, and is accorded the honors of Republican leadership. In 1889 he was elected to represent the 23rd senatorial district in the state senate and was returned for a second term in 1901. For fifty three years he has been a resident of Youngstown, and he is personally popular all over Mahoning County. His portrait, which accompanies this article, will be quickly recognized by his numerous friends.

In 1881 Mr. Wirt was married to Mary M. McGeehen, a daughter of Daniel McGeehen, who is a resident of New Bedford, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Wirt have a pleasant home at No. 31 West Rayen avenue, Youngstown.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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