William J. Huff


WILLIAM J. HUFF, a prominent young attorney of New Cumberland, who holds the position of prosecuting attorney for Hancock county, is a native of Fairview. He was born January 20, 1857, the son of William and Elizabeth (Jackson) Huff. His early life was spent upon his father's farm, working in the summer and attending the country school in the winter seasons, until he was about seventeen years old, when he entered Mount Union college, Stark county, Ohio. There he was a student for three years, completing the commercial and philosophical courses. After leaving school he became a teacher in Hancock county, where he has followed that profession with credit for ten years, and held the principalship of the New Cumberland schools during the term of 1888-9. While teaching he also read law with Hon. John R. Donehoo, of Fairview. He was licensed as an attorney in the fall of 1879 and for some time afterward his time was devoted both to the law and teaching. The latter, however, he has now retired from, and he is giving his whole attention to the practice of law. In his preparation for this profession he took a course of study in the Cincinnati law school. Mr. Huff is popular and highly esteemed throughout the county, as was evidenced when in 1878 he became a candidate for the office of clerk of the circuit court. Although his party was in a minority on the general ticket of about 200 votes, he lacked election by but seventy-one votes. In 1880 he became a candidate for the office of prosecuting attorney, as which he was elected in the fall of 1884. He served four years and in 1888 was re-elected and is now filling the office to the satisfaction of the public. The wife of Mr. Huff is Antha, daughter of John R. and Louisa (Scott) Finley, residents of Grant districts. Mr. and Mrs. Huff have three children: William Herbert, John Brooks and Frank Clare. Mrs. Huff is a member of the Presbyterian church, and he of the Methodist Episcopal. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias.

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