Biography of Willis Horn
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Willis Horn. One of the most prominent attorneys of Wayne County is Willis Horn, of Orrville, who has served as a member of the Ohio State Senate. He was born at Dalton, Wayne County, Sept. 20, 1878, the son of Edward and Alice (Davidson) Horn.

Edward Horn was born at Buffalo, N. Y., in 1853, the son of Henry Horn, who served throughout the Civil War as a first lieutenant with an Ohio regiment. The name of Henry Horn may be found on the Civil War monument in the Cleveland public square. After his discharge from the service, Henry Horn, who was born in Buffalo, moved to Cleveland. For a number of years he also conducted a carriage manufacturing business at Wooster, Ohio. At the time of his death he was living retired at Lancaster. His son, Edward Horn, came to Wayne County in 1874 and settled in Dalton, where he was employed as a carriage trimmer by the Schultz Wagon Company. In 1910 he became interested in business as a harness maker. He died in 1919, and his widow, who was born at Cherry Hill, Pa., in 1856, lives at Dalton. To Mr. and Mrs. Horn were born two children: Willis, the subject of this sketch; and Mrs. J. C. McAdam, who lives at Dalton.

The early education of Willis Horn was received at Dalton, and after his graduation from high school in 1896 he entered Ohio Northern University, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1902. Mr. Horn began his professional career at Dalton and was located at that place until 1912. He has since engaged in the practice of law at Orrville, and is recognized as the city's leading lawyer. He has offices at 128 North Main Street.

On March 1, 1916, Mr. Horn was united in marriage with Miss Ida Weiss, of Dalton, the daughter of Adam and Lucinda (Gerber) Weiss. The Weiss family settled at Dalton in 1885 and he was well known as a grocer. He died June 19, 1930, and is buried in the Dalton Cemetery. His widow resides at Dalton. Mrs. Horn is prominent in local musical circles and is widely known as a teacher of music. Mr. and Mrs. Horn have a daughter, Martha, who attends Orrville High School.

In politics Mr. Horn is identified with the Democratic party. He has served as village solicitor of Marshallville, Dalton, and Rittman, and is attorney for the Orrville Savings Bank, and the Smith Dairy Products Company of Orrville, The Ellsworth Haffner Co. and A. J. Schattly Sons Company. He served as a member of the Ohio State Senate from 1914 until 1918.

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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