George A. Stauffer

From Ohio History Central

George A. Stauffer was Ohio's fourteenth Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture served as the head of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture.

Stauffer was born in 1874. Little is known about his youth, but he spent most of his adult life in northern Ohio. Over his lifetime, Stauffer pursued many career paths, including working as a farmer, a carpenter, and a politician at both the local and county levels. He is best known for his work on a newspaper, the Ottawa Gazette, which was published in Ottawa, Ohio. Stauffer served as this paper's editor and publisher for a number of years. In 1915, Governor Frank B. Willis appointed Stauffer as Ohio's fourteenth Secretary of Agriculture. Stauffer remained in this position until 1916. While in office, he played an active role in preparing Ohio for World War I by serving on the Ohio Branch of the Council of National Defense. Upon retiring from the Ohio Board of Agriculture, Stauffer served as a United States Marshal in northern Ohio. He held this office from 1921 until 1929. Stauffer died in 1940.