Beriah Wilkins

Beriah Wilkins (* July 10, 1846 in Richwood, Union County, Ohio, † June 7, 1905 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1889 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Beriah Wilkins attended the public schools in Marysville. He served between May and August 1864 during the civil war in an infantry unit in the army of the Union. Then he went into the banking sector in Uhrichsville. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1880 and 1881 he was a member of the Senate of Ohio; in 1882 he was a member of the State Board of his party.

In the congressional elections of 1882 Wilkins was elected in the 16th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of the Republican Joseph D. Taylor on March 4, 1883. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1889 three legislative periods. Between 1885 and 1887 he represented the 15th district where his state, before he returned in the 16th district. Since 1887, he was Chairman of the Banking and Currency Committee.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Beriah Wilkins remained in Washington. In 1889, he became the majority shareholder in the Washington Post, which he published as well. Since 1894 he was the sole owner of the newspaper that he still moved up to his death. He died on June 7, 1905 in Washington, where he was also buried.