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 by William P. Sprague
Succeeded by George 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 by Anselm T. Holcomb, Joseph K. Will
Succeeded by Samuel B. Pruden
In office
January 7, 1856 – January 1, 1860
Preceded by Samuel B. Pruden
Succeeded by A. B. Monahan
In office
January 3, 1870 – January 4, 1874
Preceded by William P. Johnson
Succeeded by Charles H. Grosvenor
Speaker of the Ohio House
In office
January 1, 1856 – January 3, 1858
Preceded by Francis C. LeBlond
Succeeded by William Burnham Woods
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
Preceded by A. J. Cunningham
Succeeded by George L. Converse
Personal details
Born (1822-01-23)January 23, 1822
Washington County, Pennsylvania
Died December 4, 1882(1882-12-04) (aged 60)
Athens, Ohio
Political party Republican
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]

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