Ralph Osborn, a native of Waterbury, Conn., where he acquired his profession of the law, came to Franklinton in 1806, where he remained a few years; but, upon the organization of Delaware County in 1808, he was appointed Prosecuting Attorney of that county. Soon after he removed to Circleville, and, in December, 1810, was elected Clerk of the Ohio Legislature, which position he filled five consecutive sessions. Upon the organization of Madison County, he was appointed at the first term of court Prosecuting Attorney, serving in that capacity from 1810 to 1814, inclusive. In 1812, he married Catharine Renick, daughter of John Renick, then living on Big Darby. In 1815, he was elected Auditor of State, and held that office eighteen years in succession, and, in the fall of 1833, was elected to the Ohio Senate to represent Franklin and Pickaway Counties. After his election as Auditor of State, he did not practice his profession. His wife, Catharine, having died, he was married, in 1831, to Jane, eldest daughter of Col. James Denny, and widow of Dr. Daniel Turney. Upon the location of the seat of government at Columbus, he removed his residence to that point, and there died December 30, 1835, aged fifty-two years. Mr. Osborn was, in manners, courteous, discharging his several trusts with care and integrity. The Hon. J. R. Osborn, of Toledo, Ohio, is one of Mr. Osborn 's sons, and Mrs. Josiah Renick, Mrs. P. C. Smith, and Mrs. S. II. Ruggles are his daughters. Mr. James Osborn, another son, was a leading merchant in Columbus, and died, leaving sons who still carry on his old firm business, and are leading men in the city.



From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]