Biography of Hon. D. Homer Graven
North Central Ohio Biographies





Hon. D. Homer Graven, of Loudonville, who has served as judge of the Common Pleas Court in Ashland County, and as assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio, is prominent among the members of his profession in North Central Ohio, and is a highly esteemed member of the community. He is also chairman of board of directors of the Farmers & Savings Bank, of Loudonville. Mr. Graven was born in this city, May 21, 1871, the son of Marion and Sarah (McCulloch) Graven.

Marion Graven was born at Holmesville, Holmes County, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1847, and his wife was born at the same place, Jan. 17, 1851. Throughout his active career he engaged in general farming and lived in Holmes County. Since his retirement in 1900 Mr. Graven had been a resident of Loudonville. He died in 1903 and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery, near Shreve, Wayne County. His widow lives in Loudonville. To Mr. and Mrs. Graven were born three sons: 1. Dr. Thomas A., physician, lives at Wooster. 2. D. Homer, the subject of this sketch. 3. Elmer, who died in 1900.

D. Homer Graven spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the district schools of Holmes County. He taught school for one year before entering Ohio Northern University, from which he was graduated in 1897. During 1898-99, he was a member of the faculty of the Henderson Normal School, Henderson, Texas, as a teacher of Latin and mathematics. He then entered the College of Law, Ohio State University, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1900. From Aug. 1, 1900, until Nov. 1, 1903, Mr. Graven practiced law in Columbus, and returned to Loudonville in the latter year on account of the death of his father. He established a private practice in this city and also was identified with the First National Bank of Loudonville as cashier from 1904 until 1915. He was then elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Ashland County, and ably filled that office from 1915 until 1927, after which he served for two years as assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio. Mr. Graven resumed his private practice here in 1929.

On Aug. 11, 1903, Mr. Graven was united in marriage with Miss Emma Fisher, of Louclonville, the daughter of William S. and Minnie (Ulman) Fisher, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Mr. Fisher died in 1922 and his widow lives in Loudonville. Mr. and Mrs. Graven have a daughter, Marjorie N., born July 18, 1905. She attended the Harcourt School for Girls, Gambier, Ohio.

Politically, Mr. Graven is a Republican, and at the present time is serving as city solicitor of Loudonville. He is a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Rotary Club and Ashland Country Club. He is affiliated with Hanover Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 155; Loudonyule Chapter; Mansfield Council, R. and S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Al Koran Shrine, Cleveland; Knights of Pythias; B. P. O. Elks; and Order of the Eastern Star.

From:
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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