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Title Homes of Frank M Marriott and V T Hills on West Lincoln Street - Delaware
Date 1881
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Hills, V. T.
Marriott, Francis M
Place Ohio/Delaware County/City of Delaware/Lincoln Ave/West/54,58
Description Residences of Frank M Marriott and V T Hills on 58 and 54 West Lincoln Street.

The Hon. Francis Marion Marriott was born in Eden Township, Licking County, Ohio, September 5, 1847, and received his early education in the public schools there. He was one of the nine children of Thomas Homewood Marriott and Druzhilla (McCleland) Marriott. Thomas Homewood Marriott was born in Utica, Licking County, Ohio in 1814, being the son of Homewood and Mary (Ridgeley) Marriott who came from Maryland to Ohio in 1811. Joshua Marriott, the great grandfather of Francis Marion, came from France and settled in Maryland in 1740. His wife, Rachel Ann Homewood, was of English birth.

In the year 1864, Thomas H. Marriott came to Delaware County with his family and settled in Harlem Township. Francis M. Marriott began his higher education by attending school at Central College, Franklin County, Ohio. He, afterward, attended Ohio Wesleyan University, teaching at times during the winter terms to enable him to defray the expenses of his education. He came a prominent teacher in Delaware and Union counties.

In the spring of the year 1871, he began the study of law in the office of the Hon. Charles H. McElroy. After three months of study, Mr. Marriott taught another term of school at Sunbury, Ohio and in the autumn of 1871 resumed the study of his chosen profession with the law firm of Reid and Powell of Delaware, Ohio, one of the leading law firms of this part of the state.

Mr. Marriott was admitted to the bar on March 19, 1874. The same year he was nominated by the Democratic Party for prosecuting attorney of Delaware County and he was elected to that office. He refused a second nomination, and began a successful practice which he continued until the year 1879, at which time he was nominated by this party for state senator in the Sixteenth Senatorial District composed of Delaware and Licking Counties. He was elected in October of that year and faithfully and efficiently serviced his party and district during the Sixty-fourth General Assembly. He was chosen by the Democratic members of the Senate an one of the committee to visit the National Democratic Committee at Washington, D. C. for the purpose of inviting that body to hold the national convention in this state. He, with his co-laborers, so prevailed upon that committee that the National Democratic Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the year 1880. To this convention, Mr. Marriott was unanimously chosen as a delegate from the Ninth Congressional District, Delaware County at the time being a part of the Ninth District.

In the year 1896, Mr. Marriott was chosen as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention from the Eighth Congressional District. This convention met in Chicago and nominated as its candidate for president, William Jennings Bryan, about whom Mr. Marriott was very enthusiastic. In the year 1884, Mr. Marriott was appointed by Governor Hoadley as one of the three managers of the intermediate penitentiary. He held this position for many years, being re-appointed by Governors James E. Campbell, William McKinley, Asa S. Bushnell and George K. Nash.

Mr. Marriott's greatest achievements were in the practice of his profession. He was for many years one of the acknowledged leaders of the Delaware County Bar, and there were but few hotly contested cases in which he was not employed, either by the plaintiff or defendant. Fraternally, Mr. Marriott was prominently identified with the Masonic order, having taken all the degrees of both the York and Scottish Rites. He served as master of Hiram Lodge No. 18, F. & A. M., and also as high priest of Chapter No. 54, Royal Arch Masons, at Delaware, Ohio.
Subjects Home built in 1880
Photographer W.B.Kimball
Catalog Number 1808.01.015m