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BOHM, EDWARD H.

BOHM, EDWARD H. (7 Feb. 1838-7 May 1906), was a Civil War officer, newspaper publisher, and public official. Born in Alstedt, Saxe-Weimar, Germany, his family settled on a farm in NEWBURGH, Ohio in 1851. Bohm left the farm in 1856 to work on the Cleveland & Toledo Railroad until the CIVIL WAR broke out, when enlisted in Co. K, 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on 18 Apr. 1861. Captured by Confederates on 20 Aug. 1861 on the Gauley River in western Virginia, he was imprisoned until 30 May 1862, when he was released at Washington, N.C. He was commissioned a 2d lieutenant in Co. D, 7th OVI, in Jan. 1863, and was wounded Chancellorsville, Va. (May 1863). He was mustered out with the 7th on 6 July 1864.

In the postwar years, Bohm prosecuted soldiers' claims against the U.S. government. He was elected to the school board in 1870 and served as Cuyahoga County recorder from 1870-76. He founded the Cleveland Anzeiger, a German daily newspaper, but was forced to relinquish the paper after 4 years because of financial difficulties. He was president of the North American Saengerbund and the Saengerfest of 1874. A Republican, he served as presidential elector-at-large for Ohio in 1876 and was elected justice of the peace in 1885. He served as a member of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument Commission, 1896-1906.

Bohm married Alvina F. Jassvard in 1865 and had 3 children: Alvina, Antoinette, and Edward. After her death in 1875, he married again. He and his wife, Hedwig, had 3 children: Hedwig, Arno, and Erwin. Bohm died in Cleveland and was cremated.