John C. Lee
|John Calvin Lee|
|Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 13, 1868 – January 8, 1872
|Governor||Rutherford B. Hayes|
|Preceded by||Andrew McBurney|
|Succeeded by||Jacob Mueller|
January 7, 1828|
Delaware County, Ohio
|Died||March 24, 1891
|Resting place||Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Ohio|
|Alma mater||Western Reserve College|
|Years of service||September 11, 1861
-August 27, 1864
|Rank||Brevet Brigadier General|
|Unit||55th Ohio Infantry
164th Ohio Infantry
Lee was born January 7, 1828 at Brown Township, Delaware County, Ohio. He received a public education and attended Central College Franklin County for one year, went to Western Reserve College in 1845 and graduated in 1848. He taught school for two years, then began study of law at Atwater, Ohio, where he was admitted to the bar July 6, 1852. He ran for Common Pleas Judge in 1857, but lost.
Whitelaw Reid wrote this of Lee's service:
John C Lee was residing at Tiffin, at the beginning of the rebellion, engaged in successful practice of the law. On the 25th of November, 1861, he was commissioned Colonel of the Fifty-Fifth Ohio Infantry, and soon after was ordered to West Virginia. He served for a short time as president of a court-martial convened by order of General Rosecrans at Charleston, and then joined his regiment at Romney. Being the senior officer he was placed in command of the district of South Potomac by General Schenck. He marched under Schenck to the relief of Milroy at McDowell in May, 1862. He also participated in the Shenandoah Campaign which culminated in the Battle of Cross Keys. He was in the battles of Freeman's Ford, White Sulphur Springs, Warrenton, Bristow's Station, New Baltimore, New Market, Thoroughfare Gap, Gainesville, Chantilly, and the Second Bull Run, in all of which he received the special commendation of his superior officers. At Chancellorsville, in 1863, he was on the right when the enemy made such a furious assault on the eleventh corps, and by his determined efforts, aided by Orland Smith of the Seventy-Third Ohio and McGroarty of the Sixty-First, did much to stay the tide of Rebel success. On the account of severe illness in his family General Lee unwillingly tendered his resignation, which was received May 18, 1863. When the National Guard was called out he was commissioned Colonel of the One Hundred and Sixty-Fourth Ohio, which did service around the fortifications of Washington. He was mustered out August 27, 1864, and was brevetted Brigadier-General March 1865.—Whitelaw Reid, 1895
In 1868, Lee was Delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention, and in 1872 Presidential Elector-at-large. In 1877 he was appointed United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, for the term ending 1881.
- "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
- Smith 1898 : 241
- Reid 1895 : 972
- 1867 election Lee 243,468 Democrat Daniel S. Uhl 240,845 from Smith 1898 : 238
- 1869 election Lee 236,297 Thomas J. Godfrey 228,269 from Smith 1898 : 268
- "U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio". United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "Center for Archival Collections : Northwest Ohio in the Civil War". Bowling Green State University. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- John C. Lee at Find a Grave
- Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
- Reid, Whitelaw (1895). "John C. Lee". Ohio in the War Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers 1. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company. p. 972.