(A note from the editors of Dayton History Books Online: The beginning sections of this book, containing biographical information on the Presidents of the United States and on the Governors of Ohio, have not been included on our web site. However, biographical information on citizens from other cities inside of Montgomery County (such as Brookville, Trotwood and Centerville) has been included.)
Portrait and Biographical Record
The City of Dayton
Montgomery County, Ohio
Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens
The Biographies and Portraits of the Presidents
of the United States and Biographies
of the Governors of Ohio
Edited by Frank Conover, of Dayton, Ohio
A. W. BOWEN & CO.
From the Press of Wilson, Humpreys & Co.,
Fourth St., Logansport, Ind.
Biography is the fountain head of history, as only the deeds of men form the true basis for a study of the rise and fall of nations. The achievements of the individual are beneath all historical events deserving record, and it therefore follows that the personal histories of the more active and prominent inhabitants of a county, such are presented in this volume, will give the best view of the growth and progress of that community, unbiased and veracious, and altogether devoid of false coloring.
While portraits and biographical notices of some of the worthy settlers and a few of the prominent living residents of the county will be missed from these pages, the fault is not due to the publishers. Of the former many have passed away, of whom their descendants have no reliable information; while a number of the latter, not having a proper conception of the character of the work, failed to give the necessary data for the compilation of a sketch.
In placing before the reader the Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and Montgomery county, the publishers can conscientiously claim that they have faithfully fulfilled every promise made in their prospectus, and they are confident that their efforts deserve and will receive the approbation of their patrons.
A. W. Bowen & Co., Publishers
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