Benjamin F. Welty

Benjamin Franklin Welty ( born August 9, 1870 Bluffton, Ohio; † October 23, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1917 and 1921 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Benjamin Welty attended the common schools and the Tri - State Normal College of Indiana. In 1894 he graduated from the Ohio Northern University in Ada. He then studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After studying law and his 1896 was admitted as a lawyer in Lima, he began to work in this profession. Between 1897 and 1909 he was a legal representative of his hometown of Bluffton. During the Spanish- American War of 1898 he served as an ordinary soldier in the American armed forces. Later he was 1908-1913 Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard of Ohio. From 1905 to 1910 Welty served as prosecutor in Allen County; between 1911-1913 he worked as a Special Adviser ( Special Counsel ) for the Attorney General of his home state. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Justice until 1915.

Politically, Welty member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1916, he was in the fourth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Edward J. Russell on March 4, 1917. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1921 two legislative sessions. During his time in Congress, the First World War fell. Also, were ratified in 1919 and 1920, the 18th and the 19th Amendment. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages or the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage.

In 1920, Welty was not re-elected. Between 1921 and 1924 he worked for the Inland Waterways Association. Otherwise, he practiced as a lawyer until 1951; then he withdrew into retirement. He died on 23 October 1962 at the age of 92 in Dayton.