Langdon, Byron (1838-1913) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Judge Byron William Langdon was born on Aug. 1, 1838 at Jamestown, NY, the son of John and Jane Ann (Duff) Langdon. Byron was a legal scholar, law firm attorney, Civil War veteran, Indiana representative and senator, and a judge. He spent his entire legal career in Lafayette, Indiana.
Langon's legal career was interrupted briefly by service in the Civil War. The war in Indiana was marked by a daring raid in July 1863 by Confederate General Morgan. The Morgan's Raid in the southern part of the state led to an outcry for defenders, and Indiana Governor Morton put out a call for volunteers. Byron joined the 108th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, where he was made sergeant major. His service only lasted about a week, until the raiders were driven back.
In 1876, Byron was elected by county Republicans to serve as their county representative to the Indiana legislature. During the campaign, he made many stump speeches, including at least five in the span of one week in October of that year, in such places as Romney, Sugar Grove, Culver's Station, Clark's Hill and Montmorency. Once elected,he served with marked distinction to himself and rare fidelity to the interests of his constituents. He was a member of the judiciary committee of the house and chairman of the educational committee. Purdue University found in [him] a zealous and watchful friend, he having introduced no less than three separate and distinct bills in the interests of this institution, among them the bill authorizing the board of commissioners of bench courts in the state to appoint two students to attend the university without tuition and matriculation fee, thus making every county in the state participants in the superior advantages of Purdue. No member of the house or legislature of 1876 -- was more active and vigilant..., and his record was a source of pride to the people of Tippecanoe county.
At his death on May 18, 1913, he was eulogized as a prominent lawyer and citizen [who] served in [the] state legislature and was in many important cases -- [and] was a man of stern and rugged character.