Lyman R. Critchfield

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Lyman R. Critchfield
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8th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 12, 1863 – January 9, 1865
Preceded by James Murray
Succeeded by William P. Richardson
Personal details
Born (1831-05-22)May 22, 1831
Danville, Ohio
Died November 28, 1917(1917-11-28) (aged 86)
Millersburg, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Adelaide Margaret Shaffer
Children seven
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University
Religion Methodist Episcopal Church
Signature Lyman R. Critchfield's signature

Lyman R. Critchfield (May 22, 1831 – November 28, 1917) was a Democratic politician from the state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General from 1863-1865.

Lyman R. Critchfield was born May 22, 1831 at Danville, Knox County, Ohio. His family moved to Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio in 1834. He attended public schools and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University.[1] He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1853, when he began practicing in Millersburg. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Holmes County in 1859 and re-elected in 1861. He resigned in 1862 when elected as State Attorney General.[1]

In 1862 Critchfield was nominated by the Democratic Party for Attorney General, and defeated Republican Chauncey N. Olds in the general election. In 1864, he ran again and was defeated by Republican William P. Richardson.[2] In 1868 he lost the election for Ohio's 14th congressional district to Martin Welker.[3]

In 1887, he was nominated for Supreme Court Judge, but lost to Republican William T. Spear. In 1888 he tried again and lost to Joseph Perry Bradbury.[4]

Lyman R. Critchfield married Adelaide Margaret Shaffer on October 2, 1854 and had seven children. He was a Mason, and Methodist Episcopal by faith. In later years he lived in Wooster, Ohio.[1] Adelaide burned to death in 1895, and Lyman died at his desk at Millersburg in 1917.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Powell 1913 : 124-125
  2. Smith 1898 : 150 ,188
  3. Smith 1898 : 259
  4. Smith 1898 : 541, 566
  5. Critchfield Family Tree
  6. [1]


Legal offices
Preceded by
James Murray
Ohio Attorney General
Succeeded by
William P. Richardson