Asa H. Battin


CAPT. ASA H. BATTIN, who occupies a front rank in the Steubenville bar, was born on a farm one mile west of Hanover, Columbiana Co., Ohio, March 6, 1829. His father, John Battin, was born in Washington Co., Penn., son of John and Ann (Raley) Battin. He located at Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson county, when he was a young man, and there learned the trade of a cabinet-maker with John Howard, to whose daughter, Sarah D., he was subsequently married. Soon afterward he removed with his wife to Columbiana county, Ohio, where he resided until his death in September 1875. His wife died at the home of a daughter at West Liberty, Iowa, in November 1875. The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood and youth on a farm in Columbiana county in the vicinity of his birth place. His early education was obtained in the district school and in a private school under the auspices of the Quaker church, of which both his parents and grandparents were members. At eighteen he became employed as a teacher and was thus engaged for five winters in the district schools of Columbiana county. Meanwhile he took up the study of law, and in May, 1853, was admitted to the bar at New Lisbon. In April, 1854, he began the practice of his profession at Salem, Columbiana county, and in December, 1858, he removed to Wellsville, where he practiced law about ten years, except during one year of service as captain of Company K, Third regiment Ohio volunteers. He enlisted April 19, 1861, and returned home about the 1st of May, 1862. His services were chiefly performed in West Virginia and Kentucky, and his early return from the field was necessiated by ill-health. In September, 1868, he removed from Wellsville to Steubenville, where he has since practiced his profession. Mr. Battin was married April, 1855 to Eliza Atkinson, who died in August, 1871 leaving three daughters: Gertrude A., wife of Rev. A. O. Stone, of the Pennsylvania Methodist Episcopal conference; Etta M., a teacher in the schools of Steubenville, and Flora H., wife of W. M. Sturgeon, sevretary and treasurer of the Texas-Mexico railroad, located at Laredo, Tex. In October 1872. Mr. Battin was married to Mary E. Boyd, his present wife. He and wife are members of the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville. In politics he has been an ardent republican since the party was organized, but with the exception of two terms as city solicitor of Steubenville has avoided political service entirely. In Free Masonry he has attained the rank of Knight Templar and has been honored with the position of grand master of the state three terms, 1872, 1873, 1874. Mr. Battin's prominence at the bar is entirely the result of his indefatigable energy and perseverance.

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