Biography of Hon. B. Frank Long
North Central Ohio Biographies

Hon. B. Frank Long, deceased, was for many years intimately identified with the history of Shelby. He was prominent as a member of the Richland County Bar, and was connected with every industrial and manufacturing movement in Shelby. During the years he was Shelby’s chief magistrate he administered justice with a humane hand, tempered always with mercy, and by his kindly and always just manner won the respect and confidence of the community he served.

B. Frank Long was born on a farm northeast of Shiloh, Richland County, Aug. 16, 1865, the son of William R. and Mary (Hunter) Long. Both were natives of Richland County. He was born at Old Salem Corners and his wife was born at Rome. Both are deceased and are buried at Shiloh.

B. Frank Long was educated in the public schools of Shiloh and attended Ohio Northern University. He read law in Mansfield and Shelby, and after being admitted to the Ohio bar began his professional career in Shelby. He was associated in practice here with Glenn W. Marriott from 1913 until his death, Sept. 4, 1928. Mr. Long is buried at Shelby. He was a director of the Citizens Bank.

On Oct. 24, 1893, Mr. Long was united in marriage with Miss Nellie F. Clowes, the daughter of Dr. J. Q. A. and Mary (VanHorn) Clowes, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively. Doctor Clowes lives retired at Shelby. To Mr. and Mrs. Long was born a son, Frank C., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.

Throughout his life Mr. Long was a Democrat. He served as mayor of Shelby from 1894 until 1898, and from 1900 until 1902, and at one time was a candidate for Congress. He had served as president of the Richiand County Bar Association and was a member of the Ohio State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Long was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belonged to Shelby Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 350, and Sons of the American Revolution.

The life and business career of Mr. Long was most commendable. In all the business transactions of his busy life he commanded the respect and confidence of the public and the people he served. He also enjoyed the esteem of the entire community. Every act was measured and marked by unapproachable integrity, prompted by a sense of responsibility, and he retired from a record in the business world with honor and highest credit. He was a great man as well as a good man throughout his life. Never did he swerve from the path of duty but met every issue squarely, always standing by what he considered right in the face of any odds. Few, indeed, possess those characteristics so outstanding in his life.

[Also see Frank C. Long]

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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