Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Raff, George Wertz

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RAFF, George Wertz, author, b. in Tuscarawas, Stark co., Ohio, 24 March, 1825; d. in Canton, Ohio, 14 April, 1888. He was chiefly self-educated. From 1848 till 1850 he was clerk of the supreme court, Stark county, and he was judge of the probate court in 1852-'5, and was a member of the city council and board of education in Canton, Ohio. He founded, in 1887, the Central savings-bank of Canton, of which he was president until his death. His publications are “Guide to Executors and Administrators in Ohio” (Cleveland, 1859); “Manual of Pensions, Bounty and Pay” (Cincinnati, 1862); “The Law relating to Roads and Highways in Ohio” (1863); and the “War Claimant's Guide” (1866).