Name: Curtiss, Dr. H. W.
Date: May 2, 1902
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #018.
Notes: Curtiss- At Chagrin Falls, Wednesday, April 30, at 12:30 p. m., Dr. H. W. Curtiss, aged 78 years. Funeral Friday at 2 p. m. standard time, at the house. Burial at convenience of family.
Harvey Willard Curtiss, M.D., was born at Charleston, Portage county, Ohio, on the 22nd day February, 1824. He is the son of Chauncey R. Curtiss, a leading farmer and a man of large social and political influence in Portage county, who takes an active interest in public affairs, and has filled at different times numerous local offices of trust.
The subject of this notice studied at and was graduated from the Grand River Institute, in Ashtabula county. In 1849 he commenced the study of medicine, and in 1851 was graduated from Cleveland Medical College. He entered upon the practice of his profession in Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania, but was obliged, on account of ill health, to leave the city. He then, in 1852, removed to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he has since resided.
Like his father, he early became interested in political affairs, and when but nineteen years of age "stumped" his native county in the interests of the Liberty party of that day. Upon the organization of the Republican party he united with that body and became active in local politics.
In the fall of 1869 he was elected a representative from Cuyahoga county in the Ohio legislature, taking his seat in January, 1870. The question whether Ohio should ratify the fifteenth amendment to the United States constitution was before the legislature during that year and Mr. Curtiss took an active part in securing the ratification. He served as a member of the committees on railroads and benevolent institutions. In 1871 he was re-elected to the legislature and on taking his seat in 1872 was appointed chairman of the committee on railroads, besides holding places on several other committees. During this term a number of bills of more or less importance were advocated by him with marked success. He also introduced a bill for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the first legislation on this subject in the State. This bill met with great opposition, but by persistent efforts of Dr. Curtiss and some others, a majority of the legislature was convinced of its propriety and it was duly passed.
In October, 1873, he was elected to the State senate. The political party to which he belonged was in the minority at that time, and hence he was assigned to inferior places on committees. Instead of forwarding desirable measures he was engaged in combating those he considered deleterious, among the most noted of which was the "Geghan bill," which it was claimed was introduced and pressed in the interest of the Roman Catholic church. In 1875 he was again elected to the senate, and served as president pro tem. Upon the resignation of Gov. Hayes and the installation of the lieutenant governor as acting governor in the spring of 1877, Mr. Curtiss was made president of the senate and acting lieutenant governor. He took an active part in the debates during this term.
In the fall of 1877 Dr. Curtiss peremptorily refused to become a candidate for renomination, and instructed the delegates from his township under no circumstances to allow his name to go before the convention. There was, however, such a strong desire to see him again in the field, that one hour before the convention organized parties were dispatched to the Herald office and a few ballots were hurriedly printed. Upon the second ballet Dr. Curtiss was renominated over competitors. He accepted with great reluctance, but was elected and served the full term of two years.
In addition to his legislative duties he has taken an active and prominent part in the administration of local affairs. He served for fifteen years as a member of the village schoolboard, and then resigned. Three years after he was again induced to become a candidate, and in the spring of 1879 his name was placed on both tickets. He was re-elected by an almost unanimous vote.
As a politician he ever preserved the strictest honor and integrity. Possessing great ability, tack and skill as a legislator, he always exerted his influence in the cause of right and justice. During the rebellion he was an ardent supporter of the Union, and contributed in different ways to the assistance of the National cause. He is an active and valued member of the Masonic order, and also of the order of Odd Fellows.
Dr. Curtiss is a man of strong and unflinching will. He is willing to receive the advice of others, but when he has once decided on his course, adheres to it with extraordinary firmness. As a physician he has been pre-eminently successful, and has attained a wide celebrity. Of dignified presence, courteous address and high character, he is in every way fitted for his profession of physician, as well as for the position of a representative of the people. In Chagrin Falls he is to a considerable extent the adviser of both poor and rich, quite a number of the citizens making a consultation with Dr. Curtiss the first step in any important transaction. He was married in 1846 to Miss Olive B. Rood of Charlestown. They have had four children: Dwight C., engaged in the manufacture of paper in Akron; Dan P., a promising lad who died at the age of thirteen; Paul, and Virginia.
History of Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Part Third: The Townships, compiled by Crisfield Johnson, Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., 1879
Olive B. Rood Curtiss (1826 - 1914)*
Virginia C. Curtiss Smith (1830 - 1930)*
Dan P. Curtiss (1855 - 1867)*
Paul Curtiss (1857 - 1930)*
Evergreen Hill Cemetery
Created by: David Alan Bowe, MD
Record added: Apr 09, 2009
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