The paternal grandfather of Philip A. Saylor was John D. Saylor. He and his wife were natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers in Preble county. He was a carpenter and lived at West Alexandria for a time, but died at Palestine, Darke county, Ohio, well advanced in years. They had a large family: Andrew, John W., Phineas, David, Harrison, Philip, Maria, Jane and Matilda.

The maternal grandparents of Philip A. Saylor were Philip and Elizabeth (Wesco) Shafer, natives of Pennsylvania, of German descent. They were early settlers in Preble county and lived and died in Twin township. The reared a large family : Peter, Henry, Jacob, Andrew, Philip, Margaret, Julia, Lucinda, Elizabeth, Elzina and Mary J.

Philip A. Saylor was reared near West Alexandria and worked at farm work until he was eighteen years of age. He attended the public schools and graduated from the West Alexandria high school in 1888, after which time he attended Ohio Wesleyan university at Delaware. He engaged in the canning business, after his graduation from college, for several years, and in the meantime began studying law, graduating from the University of Cincinnati Law School on May 17, 1905. He was admitted to the bar that year and began practicing at West Alexandria. He formed a partnership with James A. Gilmore, in Eaton, in 1906, and was with him until Mr. Gilmore's death on August 28, 1914. Since that time he has practiced alone.

Mr. Saylor was married, on August 3, 1899 to Bertha Huggins, the daughter of Robert D. and Caroline Huggins. There was one daughter born to that union, Martha C. Mrs. Saylor was born in West Alexandria and her parents were natives of Ohio, both now being deceased. Her father died in 1900, at the age of sixty-seven, and her mother a few years earlier at an advanced age. They had two children, William and Bertha. Throughout his life Mr. Saylor has been an ardent Democrat. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Preble county in 1914. He was a member of the seventy-fourth General Assembly of Ohio in 1900 and 1902, and was in many important fights. He took an especial interest in legislation for good roads. He did considerable work on the floor of the House in this manner.

Mr. Saylor belongs to King Hiram Lodge No. 88, Free and Accepted Masons, and is master of the lodge. He is also a member of Eaton Chapter No. 22, Royal Arch Masons, and of the Lanier Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of West Alexandria. Mrs. Saylor is an active and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  



History of Preble County, Ohio