Biography of Hugh E. Culbertson
North Central Ohio Biographies

Hugh E. Culbertson. Widely known in legal circles throughout North Central Ohio is Hugh E. Culbertson, of Ashland, who is serving as prosecuting attorney of Ashland County. He was born at Havana, Ohio, April 15, 1883, the son of Dr. Elihu and Ida (Gregory) Culbertson.

Dr. Elihu Culbertson, who lives retired at Ontario, Ohio, was born in Orange Township, Ashland County. He attended the district school, and was a graduate of Savannah Academy. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Cleveland Medical College in 1880, and began his professional career at Havana, Ohio. He later removed to Milan, Ohio, where he remained until October, 1918. He has since lived practically retired at Ontario. Dr. Culbertson is a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge. Ida (Gregory) Culbertson was born at Havana, and died Feb. 23, 1892. She is buried at Peru, Ohio. Three sons were born to Doctor and Mrs. Culbertson: Hugh E., the subject of this sketch; Bruce W., lives at Coshocton, Ohio; and Burr, who died in infancy.

Hugh E. Culbertson was educated in the public schools of Havana and Milan. He attended Ohio State University in 1904, 1905 and 1906. He then spent almost three years as a member of the editorial staff of the Laning Company of Norwalk, Ohio, publishers of law books. From 1908 until 1911 Mr. Culbertson was identified with the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, of Rochester, N. Y., and during that time wrote a book entitled "Medical Men and the Law," which dealt with the legal rights, duties, and liabilities of physicians and surgeons. More than 5,000 copies were sold. Mr. Culbertson engaged in the private practice of law at Loudonville from December, 1911, until January, 1920, at which time he located in Ashland and established his present practice. He has offices at 34 West Main Street. Mr. Culbertson was elected prosecuting attorney of Ashland County in 1924 and is now serving his fourth term in that office. He has also held the office of Mayor of Milan, and city solicitor of Loudonville.

On March 17, 1906, Mr. Culbertson was married in Cleveland to Miss Flora M. Paul, of Milan, the daughter of Theodore and Frederica (Zepp) Paul, natives of Massilon, Ohio. Mr. Paul died April 3, 1906, and his wife died in 1914. Both are buried at Milan. To Mr. and Mrs. Culbertson have been born three daughters: Edna Pauline, born Jan. 10, 1907, a graduate of Ashland College, class of 1928, now a teacher in Ashland High School; Mary Margaret, born Dec. 7, 1914, attends Ashland High School; and Helen Louise, born June 12, 1918, attends Ashland Junior High School.

Politically, Mr. Culbertson has always been identified with the Democratic party. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Elks Lodge and Knights of Pythias.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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