Hugh J. Jewett

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Hugh Judge Jewett
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – June 23, 1874
Preceded by Philadelph Van Trump
Succeeded by William E. Finck
Personal details
Born (1817-07-01)July 1, 1817
Harford County, Maryland
Died March 6, 1898(1898-03-06) (aged 80)
Augusta, Georgia
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio
Political party Democratic

Hugh Judge Jewett (July 1, 1817 — March 6, 1898) was an American railroader and politician. He served as United States Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district in the 43rd United States Congress.

He resigned his seat on June 23, 1874 in order to become president of the Erie Railroad (July 1874 to October 1884). At the beginning of his tenure the railroad was reorganized as the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad. On June 22, 1880 he led the railroad in converting from a 6 ft (1,829 mm) broad gauge to standard gauge, 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm).

Jewett was born at Harford County, Maryland and died in Maryland, but spent most of his life in Ohio at Zanesville and Columbus.[1] He came to Ohio as a young man, and was admitted to the bar at St. Clairsville in 1840. In 1848 he moved to Zanesville, where he was president of the Muskingum branch of the State Bank of Ohio. In 1852 he was Presidential elector, and supported Franklin Pierce for president.[1] He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio State Senate. He ran for Congress in 1860 and for Ohio Governor in 1861, and was candidate for United States Senate in 1863, losing each time as a Democrat.[1] He lived in Ohio until 1887, when he returned to Maryland.[1]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ a b c d Taylor, William A (1900). Ohio in Congress from 1803 to 1901, with notes and sketches of senators and representatives. the XX Century Publishing Company. p. 250.