1830–1912

Introduction

Born: March 10, 1830, Fair­field Coun­ty, Ohio.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 10, 1912, Del­a­ware, Ohio.

Buried: Oak Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Del­a­ware, Ohio.

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Biography

Tullius was the son of James O’Kane and Ju­lia A. Will­iams, and hus­band of Lau­ra A. Ea­ton.

He re­ceived his AB de­gree from Ohio Wes­ley­an Un­i­ver­s­ity in 1852, and his AM de­gree in 1855.

Im­me­di­ate­ly up­on grad­u­a­tion, he ac­cept­ed a po­si­tion at the un­i­ver­si­ty as a math tu­tor. Ev­en though he was on­ly a tu­tor, the stu­dents al­ways re­ferred to him as Pro­fes­sor.

In ad­di­tion, in re­cog­ni­tion of his mu­sic­al abil­i­ties, O’Kane was for years the mu­sic­al pre­cen­tor in the dai­ly cha­pel de­vo­tions. He al­so or­gan­ized and ran a chor­al so­ci­e­ty at the school, and was the first mu­sic­al ins­truc­tor in the Ohio Wes­ley­an Fe­male Col­lege.

In 1857, O’Kane be­came a school prin­ci­pal in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

In 1864, he went to work for the Phil­ip Phil­lips pi­a­no com­pa­ny. He stayed with the com­pa­ny un­til it moved to New York in 1867.

He then moved to Del­a­ware, Ohio, and be­came a tra­vel­ing sales­man for the Smith Am­er­i­can Or­gan Com­pany of Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Dur­ing that time, he vis­it­ed con­fer­enc­es and Sun­day school con­ven­tions, and be­came well known through­out the area.

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