Lorenzo English

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Lorenzo English
Lorenzo English.jpg
20th Mayor of Columbus
In office
Preceded by Alexander Patton
Succeeded by Wray Thomas
Personal details
Born (1819-05-22)May 22, 1819
Herkimer County, New York
Died March 14, 1888(1888-03-14) (aged 68)
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Cynthia A. Cole
Mary Keane
Children William Henry
Matthew Keane
Parents John English
Laura S. English
Residence Herkimer County, New York
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Oberlin College
Profession Mayor
Religion Methodist

Lorenzo English (May 22, 1819 – March 14, 1888) was a Whig and later Republican politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. He served as the 20th mayor of Columbus, Ohio and the 18th person to serve in that office.[1] He served Columbus prior to the American Civil War for five terms spanning eleven years.[1] His successor was Wray Thomas after 1861.[1]


He was born in Herkimer County, New York on May 22, 1819.[2] His parents were John and Laura S. English.[2][3] He attended the public schools in Herkimer county.[2] In 1837, his family moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, then later to Columbus, Ohio.[2] He attended Oberlin College and graduated in August 1843.[2]

Legacy and depictions[edit]

  • Lorenzo is depicted as a ghost and a "shadow man" in The Dead Files, an American paranormal television series, in Season 2, episode 11 titled, "Blood in the Bordello." The television program was filmed at The Jury Room, a local pub in Columbus, Ohio. The pub serves an alcoholic drink called Lorenzo's Revenge named after the former mayor.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Egger (1975), pp. 25.
  2. ^ a b c d e Centennial (1901), pp. 106.
  3. ^ Reed (1897), pp. 123.
  4. ^ Tigges (2013).


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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Patton
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Succeeded by
Wray Thomas