Benjamin F. Leiter

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Benjamin Franklin Leiter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by George Bliss
Succeeded by Sidney Edgerton
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Stark County district
In office
December 4, 1848 – December 1, 1850
Preceded by John S. Cook
Succeeded by Samuel Kreider
13th [[Mayor of Canton[1]]]
In office
Preceded by J.G. Lester
Succeeded by John Lahm
15th [[Mayor of Canton[1]]]
In office
Preceded by John Lahm
Succeeded by Peter Chance
Personal details
Born (1813-10-13)October 13, 1813
Leitersburg, Maryland
Died June 17, 1866(1866-06-17) (aged 52)
Canton, Ohio
Resting place West Lawn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Burger
Children seven
Religion Lutheran

Benjamin Franklin Leiter (October 13, 1813 – June 17, 1866) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, teacher and justice of the peace from Ohio.

Born in Leitersburg, Maryland, Leiter received a limited schooling as a child. He taught school in Maryland from 1830 to 1834 before moving to Ohio where he continued teaching from 1834 to 1842. He studied law at the office of David A. Starkweather.[2] He was admitted to the bar in 1842, commencing practice in Canton, Ohio. Leiter was a justice of the peace and mayor of Canton for ten years. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1848 and 1849, serving as Speaker of the House in the latter year. Leiter was elected an Oppositionist and later Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1854, serving from 1855 to 1859. He died in Canton, Ohio on June 17, 1866 and was interred in Canton in West Lawn Cemetery.

In 1836, Leiter married Catherine Burger of Canton. They had seven children.[2][3] He was a Lutheran.[3]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 261–263. OCLC 79257924.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Bliss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
Sidney Edgerton
Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
John G. Breslin
Speaker of the House
Succeeded by
John F. Morse