Saturday, August 13, 2011

William Tilden, Cincinnati Attorney and Judge

William Tilden was the son of Dr. Daniel Tilden and his wife Nancy Drake Tilden. William was born in Norwalk, Ohio on November 12, 1833, and he died in Sandusky on August 13, 1873. William Tilden is buried in the Tilden family lot in Block 20 of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for William Tilden appeared in the September 17, 1873 issue of the New York Times. The article stated: "The State of Ohio has recently lost one of the most eminent of her youngest jurists in the death of Hon. William Tilden, of Cincinnati." William Tilden had a successful career as a lawyer, and had just recently been elected Probate Judge of Hamilton County, Ohio. At the time of his death, Judge William Tilden was only 39 years of age.

The inscription at the base of Judge Tilden's tombstone reads:

Pause, oh proud intellect, labor no longer:
Fold yourselves, faithful hands, o'er thy broad breast.
Tarry, oh weary feet till ye are stronger,
Noble, true tender heart, God bids thee rest.

The Ohio Marriages databases, accessible at Family Search Labs, indicates that William Tilden married Louisa Woodruff in Hamilton County, Ohio on September 1, 1862. Judge Tilden left behind his widow and several young children. The youngest daughter of William and Louise Tilden, Isabelle, married Professor James S. Riggs, a professor at the Auburn Seminary in Cayuga County, New York.

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