Julius Wagner was born in Saxony, Germany on August 19, 1823, and he died in Sandusky, Ohio on August 20, 1876. Hewson Peeke wrote in his STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO that Julius Wagner came to Ohio in 1849 and worked as a car builder for the Baltimore and Oriole Railroad. Julius Wagner married Elizabeth Raymond, and they were the parents of six children.
The August 22, 1876 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that Julius Wagner was "universally respected and esteemed." He was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.