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John Jacob LENTZ

(1856-1931)

LENTZ, John Jacob, a Representative from Ohio; born near St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, January 27, 1856; attended the common schools and the St. Clairsville High School; taught school for four years; was graduated from the National Normal University, Lebanon, Ohio, in 1877; attended the University of Wooster in 1877 and 1878; was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1882 and from the law department of Columbia University, New York City, in 1883; was admitted to the bar in Columbus, Ohio, in October 1883 and practiced; founder of the American Insurance Union in 1894 and its president continuously until his death; trustee of Ohio University at Athens; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908; participated in campaigns in many States in support of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth amendments to the Constitution; retired from his law practice in 1915 and engaged in the insurance business; died in Columbus, Ohio, on July 27, 1931; interment in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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