Benjamin F. Leiter

Benjamin Franklin Leiter (October 13, 1813 – June 17, 1866) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer, teacher and justice of the peace from Ohio. He served two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1855 to 1859.

Benjamin Franklin Leiter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byGeorge Bliss
Succeeded bySidney Edgerton
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Stark County district
In office
December 4, 1848 – December 1, 1850
Preceded byJohn S. Cook
Succeeded bySamuel Kreider
13th [[Mayor of Canton[1]]]
In office
Preceded byJ.G. Lester
Succeeded byJohn Lahm
15th [[Mayor of Canton[1]]]
In office
Preceded byJohn Lahm
Succeeded byPeter Chance
Personal details
Born(1813-10-13)October 13, 1813
Leitersburg, Maryland
DiedJune 17, 1866(1866-06-17) (aged 52)
Canton, Ohio
Resting placeWest Lawn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCatherine Burger


Born in Leitersburg, Maryland, Leiter received a limited schooling as a child. He taught school in Maryland from 1830 to 1834 before moving to Ohio where he continued teaching from 1834 to 1842. He studied law at the office of David A. Starkweather.[2] He was admitted to the bar in 1842, commencing practice in Canton, Ohio. Leiter was a justice of the peace and mayor of Canton for ten years. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1848 and 1849, serving as Speaker of the House in the latter year. Leiter was elected an Oppositionist and later Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1854, serving from 1855 to 1859. He died in Canton, Ohio, on June 17, 1866, and was interred in Canton in West Lawn Cemetery.

In 1836, Leiter married Catherine Burger of Canton. They had seven children.[2][3] He was a Lutheran.[3]


  1. ^ a b list of mayors,
  2. ^ a b Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 261–263. OCLC 79257924.
  3. ^ a b Bell, Herbert C. (1898). History of Leitersburg district, Washington County, Md: including its land tenure... self. p. 187.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by Speaker of the House
Succeeded by