Cyrus E. Briant was born at Birmingham, Erie County, Ohio March 2, 1829, and continued to reside there until he was sixteen years of age, when he went to Michigan. Alittle later he removed to Allen County, Indiana and from there to Huntington County. In 1862 he enlisted in Company D, Eight-eight Indiana Infantry, and was made Captain of his company. While stationed in Tennessee he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and in the fall of 1864 was commissioned Colonel of the regiment. After the war he engaged in the manufactuing of lumber and staves at Huntington, in which he was engaged for several years. He then bought the farm that was three miles east of Huntington and became interested in raising thoroughbred cattle. Colonel Briant served in the Huntington City Council for many years: he was elected to the lower house of the State Legistature in 1886, re-elected in 1888, and while a member of that body took a prominent part in securing the passage of several important laws. Although an active and enthusiastic republican, he had a host of friends among his political opponents who would always vote for him whenever he ran for office. He was one of the charter members of James R. Slack Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and a public spirited citzen. His widow, Mrs. Julia (Bell) Briant to whom he was married 1852, is still living in Huntington.