Biography of Lewis A. Seligman
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





LEWIS A. SELIGMAN was born in Crawford County, Ohio, December 24, 1847, to William and lavina (Boyer) Seligman. He was educated in the common schools, ceasing his schooldays at the age of eighteen. He remained with his parents till the period of his majority, and subsequently engaged as fireman on a saw mill for eighteen months, for the Studebaker Brothers. He then purchased a third interest in a circular mill at Tipper Sandusky, continuing in a successful business three years. In 1872, he entered B. F. Kennedy's dry goods store as a clerk, serving in this capacity over four years. At the expiration of that time, he bought a half interest in a flouring mill at Marseilles, paying $3,000 for the same, and began business under the firm name of Hartle & Seligman. This partnership lasted four months, when Hartle's interest passed into the bands of B. F. Kennedy, and eight months later, 1879, into the possession of William Seligman, the firm then taking the title of Seligman & Son. They did a flourishing business until their mill was destroyed by fire in June, 1883. Mr. Seligman was married, December 23, 1869, to Miss Ella Atkinson, daughter of Andrew and Mary (McKnight) Atkinson. Mr. and Mrs. Seligman have three children; Charles W., born February 28, 1871; Guy A., October 22, 1877, and Kay W., March 15, 1882. Mr. Seligman is a strong temperance Republican and a member of the A., F. & A. M., and K. T.,of.Marion Commandery, No. 36. He owns an attractive home on Main street, valued at $2,000, and is one of the influential citizens of the county.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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