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History of the Clerk of Courts Office
The Office of the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts originated in 1802 when the Ohio State Constitution provided for the appointment of a clerk of courts for each county. William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States, was appointed Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in May, 1836 and was our Clerk when he was elected president in 1840. In 1851 the Clerk of Courts became an elected position for a three-year term. Since 1936 it has been a four-year term.

The Office of the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts has been held by a long succession of outstanding citizens over the years, as follows:
 
2011 - Present Tracy Winkler
2011 - John M. Williams
2009 - 2011 Patricia M. Clancy
2003 - 2009 Gregory Hartmann
1992 - 2003 James C. Cissell
1988 - 1992 Joseph T. Deters
1960 - 1988 Robert D. Jennings
1936 - 1960 Elmer Hunsicker
1933 - 1935 Peter J. McCarthy
1930 - 1932 William Hayes
1925 - 1929 Frank Lewis
1924 - Lewis J. Huwe
1921 - 1923 George W. Tilobles
1917 - 1920 Fred E. Wesselman
1911 - 1916 A. E. B. Stephens
1908 - 1910 Peter W. Durr
1907 - James Allison
1904 - 1906 Charles Weidner
1901 - 1903 George B. Harte
1898 - 1900 E. E. Montfort
1898 - George Hobson
1892 - 1897 John B. Peaslee
1883 - 1891 Daniel J. Dalton
1880 - 1882 Samuel W. Ramp
1877 - 1880 Louis G. Bernard
1874 - 1877 William M. Trevor
1870 - 1874 H. H. Tinker
1867 - 1870 T. Bishop Disney
1864 - 1867 Benjamin J. Horton
1861 - 1864 Charles Cist
1858 - 1861 Richard Stone
1854 - J. M. McMasters
1846 - 1851 Edward C. Roll
1845 - James McMasters
1841 - 1845 J. W. Pratt
1836 - 1840 William Henry Harrison
1819 - 1835 Daniel Gano
1793 - 1818 John S. Gano
1792 - 1793 Samuel Swan
1790 - 1792 Israel Ludlow
 
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