Hon. Gaylord M. Saltzgaber was born at Shelby, Richland County, Ohio, March 14, 1846. At the age of eleven years he removed with his parents to Van Wert, Ohio, where he has since resided. At the age of fifteen years he enlisted at Elmore, Ohio, in the Third Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and served with that company throughout the war, being honorably discharged in August, 1865. After leaving the army he attended school at Van Wert, and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., until 1867, when he began the study of law with R.B. Encell, at Van Wert, Ohio. IN August, 1869, he was admitted to the bar, and formed a law partnership with Hon. I.N. Alexander. He was elected mayor of Van Wert, and subsequently served as a member of the Baord of Education. IN 1877 he was nominated by the Democratic party as the candidate for State Senator in the Thirty second District, composed of the conties of Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Mercer, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams. He was elected by the usual majority, and re-elected in 1879. Although one of the youngest members of the Senate, Mr. Saltzgaber took rank as an able lawyer in that body. He was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Fees and Salaries, and Municipal Corporations, and Chairman of a Special Committee of eight leading members of the Senate to revise the Municipal Code, and also Chairman of a Committee, raised at hie request, to perfect the system of Drains and Ditches in Ohio. IN all he took an active and leading part in shaping the important legislation that commanded the attention of the legislature. On December 20, 1874, he was married to Mill Ella Rice, of Van Wert, by whom he has two sons, named William and Glenn.



History of Van Wert and Mercer counties, Ohio, R. Sutton, 1882