Nelson H. Van Vorhes

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Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byWilliam P. Sprague
Succeeded byGeorge W. Geddes
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Athens County district
In office
December 2, 1850 – January 1, 1854
Serving with H. S. Bundy
Preceded byAnselm T. Holcomb, Joseph K. Will
Succeeded bySamuel B. Pruden
In office
January 7, 1856 – January 1, 1860
Preceded bySamuel B. Pruden
Succeeded byA. B. Monahan
In office
January 3, 1870 – January 4, 1874
Preceded byWilliam P. Johnson
Succeeded byCharles H. Grosvenor
Speaker of the Ohio House
In office
January 1, 1856 – January 3, 1858
Preceded byFrancis C. LeBlond
Succeeded byWilliam Burnham Woods
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
Preceded byA. J. Cunningham
Succeeded byGeorge L. Converse
Personal details
Born(1822-01-23)January 23, 1822
Washington County, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 4, 1882(1882-12-04) (aged 60)
Athens, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Whig

Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes (January 23, 1822 – December 4, 1882) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Biography[edit]

Born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, Van Vorhes moved to Athens County, Ohio, in 1832 and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Apprenticed to a printer for six years. He was editor and proprietor of The Athens Messenger 1844-1861. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1850-1872 and served four years as speaker.

Lost election for Ohio Secretary of State as a Whig in 1853. Van Vorhes was elected probate judge in 1854, but resigned. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860. He entered the Union Army as a private in 1861 and was mustered out as colonel of the 92nd Ohio Infantry in the Summer of 1863, when his health failed. His father was: Abraham Van Vorhes who also served in the Ohio General Assembly and Minnesota Territorial Legislature and his brother was: Andrew J. Van Vorhes who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]

Van Vorhes was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress. He died in Athens, Ohio, December 4, 1882 and was interred in West Union Street Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Charles M (1869). History of Athens County, Ohio And Incidentally of the Ohio Land Company and the First Settlement of the State at Marietta etc. Robert Clarke & Co. pp. 303–305.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William P. Sprague
United States Representative from Ohio's 15th congressional district
1875–1879
Succeeded by
George W. Geddes