William Frederick (W.F.) Garver was a judge from the U.S. State of Ohio who sat on the Ohio District Courts of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court during the 1930s.

W. F. Garver
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
November, 1934 – December, 1934
Preceded byCharles B. Zimmerman
Succeeded byCharles B. Zimmerman
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Holmes County district
In office
January 4, 1915 – January 5, 1919
Preceded byM. A. Warnes
Succeeded byAlbert Hastings
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 17th and 28th district
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 2, 1927
Preceded byL. D. Cornell
Succeeded byAlton H. Etling
Personal details
Born(1864-09-17)September 17, 1864
Holmes County, Ohio
DiedJanuary 29, 1942(1942-01-29) (aged 77)
Somerset, Kentucky
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Florence Patterson
Lulu McCulloch
Alma materOhio Northern University
Ohio State University College of Law


W.F. Garver was born on a farm outside of Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio on September 17, 1864. He attended the local schools, and began teaching at age fifteen. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1883, and taught for the next ten years. He entered the Ohio State University College of Law in 1893, and was admitted to the bar in 1896. He opened a law office in Millersburg, Ohio and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1898.[1]

Political careerEdit

Garver was elected Holmes County prosecuting attorney in 1896, and was re-elected in 1899. He did not run for a third term in 1902. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1914 and 1916 from the Holmes County district.[2] He was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 1922, and re-elected in 1924. While the Senate had 27 Republicans and four Democrats, Garver, a Democrat, was elected president pro tempore. He also served as a Millersburg city councilman, and county school examiner.[1]

In 1927, Garver returned to his law practice in Millersburg, until he was elected to an unexpired term in the 5th District Court of Appeals, serving from December 1930 to January 1933. On September 29, 1933, Justice Robert H. Day of the Ohio Supreme Court died, and Governor George White appointed Charles B. Zimmerman until a successor would be elected in November 1934. In November, 1934, elections were held for the remaining six weeks of Day's term, and the new term beginning January 1, 1935. Zimmerman chose to run for the full term, but not the short term. Garver won election for the short term, and served as a justice from November to December 31, 1934.[1]

Garver returned to Millersburg in 1935, where he partnered with his grandson in a law firm.[1]

Garver was married to Florence Patterson in 1889, and they had one daughter before Florence died in 1892. Garver married Lulu McCulloch in 1897. Garver died January 29, 1942 in Somerset, Kentucky from a heart attack while on a trip to Florida for a vacation. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.[1]

W. F. Garver was a member of the fraternal orders of Masons, Knights of Pythias, and the I.O.O.F.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System - WILLIAM FREDERIC (W.F.) GARVER
  2. ^ "Alphabetical list of Members of the General Assembly of Ohio for 127 years - 1803 - 1930". State Library of Ohio. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  3. ^ Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio. p. 483.