Biography of Leo Bernard Virant
North Central Ohio Biographies

Leo Bernard Virant, attorney, is numbered among the prominent professional men of Lorain. He was born in this city, July 5, 1903, the son of Alois and Gertrude (Bergund) Virant.

Alois Virant was born in Jugo-Slavia, and emigrated to the United States in 1889. He settled first at Barberton, Ohio, and two years later removed with his family to Lorain, where he spent several years in the employ of the National Tube Company. He was the proprietor of the Virant Cafe until 1919, at which time he retired from business. He died in 1923 and his widow lives in Lorain. Mr. Virant was a prominent member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and one of the founders of St. Aloysius Society in Lorain. To Mr. and Mrs. Virant the following children were born: Frank; Johanna, married Joseph Svete; Anna, married Joseph Urbas; Joseph, who died in 1927, was a veteran of the World War; Rev. Ludwig, who is pastor of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church; Aloysius, lives at Elyria; Mary, married Jerry Grdina, lives at Cleveland; Leo Bernard, the subject of this sketch; John, attends St. Louis University; Victor, attends Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Cleveland; and Patrick, lives at Lorain. The first four named are residents of Lorain.

Leo Bernard Virant attended the parochial schools of Lorain and attended St. Mary's High School. He also was graduated from Dayton Preparatory School in 1921, and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Dayton University in 1925. Mr. Virant then took up the study of law at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1929. Since his admittance to the Ohio bar, Mr. Virant has engaged in the practice of law at Lorain, and has offices at 720 Broadway.

Politically, Mr. Virant is a Democrat, and in 1929, he was elected as a member of the city council from the Sixth Ward. He is identified with the Lorain County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Lorain Lawyers Nisi Prius Club. He is a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, and belongs to the Eagles Lodge, and Lorain Yacht Club.

During his college career Mr. Virant took a prominent part in athletics and in 1924 was captain of the varsity football team at Dayton University. He is a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps.

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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