John A. McMahon

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John A. McMahon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byLewis B. Gunckel
Succeeded byJ. Warren Keifer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byMills Gardner
Succeeded byHenry Lee Morey
7th President of the Ohio State Bar Association
In office
December 29, 1886 – December 28, 1887
Preceded byWilliam J. Gilmore
Succeeded byE. P. Green
Personal details
Born(1833-02-19)February 19, 1833
Frederick County, Maryland
DiedMarch 8, 1923(1923-03-08) (aged 90)
Dayton, Ohio
Resting placeWoodland Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mollie R. Sprigg
Alma materXavier

John A. McMahon (February 19, 1833 – March 8, 1923) was a United States Representative from Ohio. He was the nephew of Clement Vallandigham, another Representative from Ohio.

McMahon was born in Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from St. Xavier College in 1849. He taught at Xavier for a year, and settled in Dayton, Ohio, in 1852.[1] He studied law with his uncle, Vallandigham, and was admitted to the bar in 1854, forming a partnership with his uncle.[2] In 1861 he formed a partnership with George W. Houk, which lasted 19 years.[2] He was elected to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth United States Congresses, from 1875 until 1881.

McMahon was appointed by the House of Representatives as a manager to conduct impeachment proceedings against Secretary of War William W. Belknap. He was unsuccessful for re-election in 1880 and returned to private law practice in Dayton. He served as the president of the Ohio State Bar Association in 1886,[3] and was a losing candidate for the Senate in 1889. He died in Dayton and was buried in Woodland Cemetery.

McMahon was married January 23, 1861, to Mollie R. Sprigg, of Cumberland, Maryland.[1] They had a son, J. Sprigg McMahon, and daughter, Louise McMahon.[4]


  1. ^ a b Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 312–314.
  2. ^ a b Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company. pp. 19–21.
  3. ^ Reports ... Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association ...., Volume 9. Ohio Bar association. 1888. p. 99.
  4. ^ Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company. p. 286.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis B. Gunckel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Warren Keifer
Preceded by
Mills Gardner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Lee Morey