Daniel J. Ryan

Daniel Joseph Ryan

Sketch by Henry Howe
25th Ohio Secretary of State
In office
January 1, 1889  April, 1891
Preceded by James S. Robinson
Succeeded by Christian L. Poorman
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Scioto County district
In office
January 7, 1884  January 1, 1888
Preceded by Daniel McFarland, Sr.
Succeeded by John C. Coates
Personal details
Born (1855-01-01)January 1, 1855
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died June 15, 1923(1923-06-15) (aged 68)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Myra L. Kerr
Children five
Occupation historian, lawyer
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Daniel Joseph Ryan (January 1, 1855 June 15, 1923) was a Republican politician in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Secretary of State from 1889-1892. He was later an author.

Daniel J. Ryan was born January, 1855 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lived till age seven when his family moved to Portsmouth, Ohio. His parents were John and Honora Ryan, natives of Ireland.[1] He attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1875. In 1877 he was admitted to the bar.[2] In April 1877, he was elected City Solicitor of Portsmouth, and re-elected in 1879. In 1883 Ryan was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 66th General Assembly, and re-elected in 1885 for the 67th,[3] where he was chosen Speaker pro tem.[2] Ryan was elected Secretary of State in 1888, and re-elected in 1890. He resigned as Secretary of State April, 1891,[4] to accept the office of Commissioner of the World's Fair for the State of Ohio.[2][5]

Ryan was married to Myra L. Kerr of Portsmouth on January 10, 1884, had three children who died young, and two daughters who survived him.[6] Secretary of State was his last elected office, and he devoted his later years to private practice and literary pursuits. Ryan served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Historical Society for thirty-four years.[7]

Ryan died June 15, 1923.[8] He was buried at Green Lawn Cemetery.[9]




Political offices
Preceded by
James S. Robinson
Secretary of State of Ohio
Succeeded by
Christian L. Poorman
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