The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 694, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"W. R. BALLINGER was born in Miami County, Ohio, August 19, 1825, and is one of the seven children of BENJAMIN T. and NANCY (LIGHTFOOT) BALLINGER, natives respectively of Tennessee and Ohio. In April 1839, the family came to this county and located on the south side of the Tippecanoe, two miles above Winamac. At his majority, W. R. BALLINGER left his father's farm and started on his own account on rented land, and two years later purchased a farm three miles south of Winamac. December 7, 1848, he married MISS SUSANNA SUTTON, born in Darke County, Ohio, May 13, 1831, and daughter of JOHN and MARY SUTTON, who came to this county in March, 1840. This lady became the mother of one son, who died in infancy. MR. BALLINGER lived on his seventy-five acre farm for nine years, and then exchanged it for 180 acres of his present farm in this township, which he has greatly improved and increased to 188 acres. In 1862, he was elected Trustee of his township, and in 1866 elected Sheriff of the county, and two years later re-elected. He has served as member of the Democratic Central Committee for a number of years. He is a Master Mason and an Odd Fellow, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church."