Beriah Wilkins

Beriah Wilkins (July 10, 1846 – June 7, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Beriah Wilkins
Beriah Wilkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Joseph D. Taylor
Succeeded by George W. Geddes
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by George W. Geddes
Succeeded by James W. Owens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Adoniram J. Warner
Succeeded by Charles H. Grosvenor
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 18th district
In office
January 5, 1880 – January 1, 1882
Preceded by John C. Fisher
Succeeded by Albert J. Pearson
Personal details
Born July 10, 1846
Union County, Ohio
Died June 7, 1905 (aged 58)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Rock Creek Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Occupation Newspaper publisher
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1864
Rank private
Unit 136th Ohio Infantry


Born near Richwood, Ohio, Wilkins attended the common schools of Marysville, Ohio. During the American Civil War, he enlisted as a private in Company H, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, May 2, 1864, and served until honorably discharged August 31, 1864. He then engaged in banking in Uhrichsville, Ohio. He was a member of the Ohio Senate in 1880 and 1881, and served as member of the Democratic State central committee in 1882.

Wilkins was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1889). He served as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Fiftieth Congress).

After his congressional service, Wilkins settled in Washington, D.C.. He became majority owner and publisher of the Washington Post in 1889, and later, in 1894, acquired the entire stock ownership of the paper, serving as editor until his death in Washington, D.C., June 7, 1905. He is interred in Rock Creek Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Beriah Wilkins (id: W000474)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-26
  • "Beriah Wilkins". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 11, 2010.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph D. Taylor
United States Representative from Ohio's 16th congressional district
Succeeded by
George W. Geddes
Preceded by
Adoniram J. Warner
United States Representative from Ohio's 15th congressional district
Succeeded by
Charles H. Grosvenor
Preceded by
Beriah Wilkins
United States Representative from Ohio's 16th congressional district
Succeeded by
James W. Owens

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