From Ohio History Central
Anna F. Bosler was the first woman sheriff in Ohio.
During the 1920s and the 1930s, women experienced dramatic improvements in their political rights. This improvement began with women receiving the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. For the first time in United States and Ohio history, many women began to win election to political office. Among women gaining political office was Bosler.
Bosler became the sheriff of Champaign County upon the death of her husband, Jack Bosler. Jack Bosler served as sheriff of Champaign County until he was killed in the line of duty. County officials appointed Anna Bosler to fill her husband's seat until the next election. Bosler was not elected to office and did not seek reelection upon the end of her term. It appears that Bosler received the sheriff's position as a means of financial support. Sometimes officials appointed widows to their deceased husbands' positions to guarantee the widows an income. By serving in a government position, these women were then entitled to a retirement pension, providing them with an income for the remainder of their lives. By all accounts, Anna Bosler was a dutiful sheriff