KERTIS L. COBOURN is a native of Columbiana County, and has been a prominent lawyer at Salem for over twenty years. While he has practiced law rather than held office, he has been a leader in the republican party in his section of the state.

He was born in Perry Township, near Salem, January 15, 1871, son of Nathan and Harriet J. (Carle) Cobourn. Mr. Cobourn was reared on a farm, taught school in rural districts five years, and completed his literary education by graduating from the Damascus Academy with the Bachelor of Science degree on June 17, 1892. Subsequently, in the spring of 1898, he was elected justice of the peace. He studied law under attorney A. W. Taylor at Salem and on June 13, 1901, was admitted to the Ohio bar He was admitted to practice in the United States Court of the Northern Ohio District February 5, 1907, Mr. Cobourn has conducted a general practice as an attorney, and has come to be recognized as a hard working, earnest and fair minded member of his profession.

He is past exalted ruler of Lodge No. 305, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 316. He served two years as president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and his political activity in the republican party runs back more than twenty-five years. He was president and secretary of the Republican Local Committee and is now a member of the County Executive and Local Central committees. On January 20, 1897, Mr. Cobourn married Myrta L. Kille, They have one son, Frank Marcus.


History of Ohio in Five Volumes, by Charles B. Galbreath (Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society, 1925)