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DR. S. PARSONS,
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from whom Parsons' avenue, in the city of Columbus, was named, was born in Reading, Connecticut, in the year 1786. Having acquired a thorough knowledge of the science of medicine in his native State, he came west, still young and unmarried, and arrived in Franklinton on the first day of the year 1811. Here he located, and commenced the practice of his profession. In 1816, seeking a wider field for the exercise of his talents, he removed to the growing town across the river, where he continued to practice till his sixty-fourth year, when he retired from the active duties of his profession. He acquired a high reputation as a physician, and as a citizen, was universally respected.

In 1834 he received the unsolicited honor of being elected as a representative of Franklin county in the state legislature, in which capacity he exhibited his usual ability. He also, for a number of years, held the important office of president of the Franklin branch of the State bank of Ohio. He died on the thirtieth of December, 1857, in the seventy-second year of his age.

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RALPH OSBORN
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was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in the year 1780. Having completed his legal studies, he removed to Franklinton, in 1806, and commenced the practice of law. He remained here, however, but two or three years, when he accepted an appointment as the first prosecuting attorney of Delaware county, which was organized in 1810, he was elected clerk of the house in the Ohio legislature, which place he held for five consecutive sessions--till he was chosen auditor of State in 1815. He filled the office with much dignity and urbanity, and his great popularity was evinced by the length of time--eighteen consecutive years--during which he was retained in the auditorship.

In the fall of 1833 he was chosen to represent the counties of Franklin and Pickaway in the Ohio State senate, which place also he filled with his usual ability and success, and to the general satisfaction of the constituents. About this time he removed his residence to Columbus, where he died, December 30, 1835, in the fifty-sixth year of his age.

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