RITCHIE, JAMES MONROE, (father of Byron Foster Ritchie), a Representative from Ohio; born in Dunfermline, Scotland, July 28, 1829;
immigrated to the United States in 1832 with his parents, who settled in St. Lawrence County, N.Y.;
his early schooling was limited and he received instruction at home from his father and mother; studied
law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Toledo, Ohio; delegate to the
Republican National Convention in 1880; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress
(March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882; again resumed the
practice of his profession in Toledo, Ohio, and died there August 17, 1918; interment in Grafton
Cemetery, Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio.