George Kilbon Nash (1842 - 1904)

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Place of Burial: moved to Columbus, Ohio
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Birthplace: York Township, Medina County, Ohio
Death: Died
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Nash was born in York Township, Medina County, Ohio. He attended the preparatory school at Western Reserve College. At 20 years of age he entered Oberlin College and stayed until his sophomore year, when he enlisted as a private in the One hundred fiftieth regiment of the Ohio National Guard of the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war he studied law in the offices of Robert B. Warden, who had been a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.[1][2] He was admitted to the bar in 1867 in Columbus, Ohio. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Franklin County, Ohio in 1870, and re-elected in 1872.[1] He re-entered private practice, and in 1876 lost a bid for Congress,[1][3] and lost for Ohio Attorney General in 1877.[1][4] In October, 1879, he was elected Ohio Attorney General.[5] In 1881 he was re-elected.[6] In 1883, he was appointed a member of the supreme court commission of Ohio for two years. He then devoted time to lucrative private practice, including significant railroad litigation, and party politics.[1] Nash served as Governor of Ohio from January 8, 1900 to January 11, 1904.

The following story is written in the book by Al Jennings, Through the Shadows with O. Henry. A young inmate, Dick Price, was sentenced for life for repeated safe-cracking, in which he was a good specialist. Once there was a necessity to open a safe of a company, when keys were lost. George Nash promised to pardon Price, if he did it. Price cracked the safe, but Nash didn't pardon him, thus didn't fulfill his promise. Soon Price died in prison. His story was used by O. Henry in a story A Retrieved Reformation.

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George Nash's Timeline

1842
August 14, 1842
York Township, Medina County, Ohio
1862
1862
- 1864
Age 19
Student at Oberlin College
1864
1864
Age 21
Left college and entered the army as a private
1865
1865
Age 22
moved to Columbus, Ohio
1867
1867
Age 24
began practicing law in Columbus, Ohio
1867
Age 24
Admitted to the bar
1869
1869
Age 26
Chief clerk in the office of Secretary of State of Ohio
1870
1870
- 1874
Age 27
Prosecuting attorney of Franklin County
1880
1880
- 1881
Age 37
Chairman of the State Republican Executive Committee
1880
- 1883
Age 37
Attorney general of the State of Ohio