Arthur S. Mottinger has for over twenty years been one of the able attorneys comprising the Akron bar. His law firm has handled an important share of the litigation in local courts, and he has achieved his success in the strict limits of his profession rather than in politics.
Mr. Mottinger was born in Green Township, Summit County, Ohio, May 14, 1873, son of Daniel J. and Elizabeth J. (Schumacher) Mottinger, and grandson of John J. and Barbara (Long) Mottinger. His grandfather, son of a soldier in the War of 1812, was born in 1799, and established his home in Summit County in 1830. Daniel J. Mottinger was born in 1841, served as a Union soldier in the One Hundred and Sixty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the latter part of the Civil war, and devoted the greater part of his active career to farming. He died at Akron in 1901. The mother was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in 1845.
Arthur S. Mottinger grew up on his father's farm, attending country schools, and in 1892 graduated from the Uniontown High school. He was a teacher for two years, then entered Hiram College, where he took his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1899. He also had one year in law at Hiram, and for a time attended the Hamilton College of Law in Chicago, from which institution he later received the degree of Master of Laws. He was admitted to the bar by the Ohio Supreme Court in January, 1901, and subsequently admitted to practice in the Federal Court. Mr. Mottinger has practiced individually and also with several of the prominent lawyers of Summit County. His longest association was with the late Judge J.A. Kohler. They were together until a short time before the death of Judge Kohler in 1916. Mr. Mottinger is now senior member of the law firm Mottinger & Evans, with offices in the Ohio Building. He is a member of the Summit County and Ohio State Bar associations.
Mr. Mottinger was president of the Akron Young Men's Christian Association from 1909 to 1912. He became a trustee of Hiram College in 1914, and is on the official board of the High Street Church of Christ, and has been active in a number of civic and patriotic movements in his home city.
On August 9, 1906, Mr. Mottinger married Miss Cassie M. Lawyer, of Burton, Ohio, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John J. Lawyer. They have two children, Claude W. and Marcia Elizabeth.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV