Nelson H. Van Vorhes
|Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
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
December 2, 1850 – January 1, 1854
Serving with H. S. Bundy
|Preceded by||Anselm T. Holcomb, Joseph K. Will|
|Succeeded by||Samuel B. Pruden|
January 7, 1856 – January 1, 1860
|Preceded by||Samuel B. Pruden|
|Succeeded by||A. B. Monahan|
January 3, 1870 – January 4, 1874
|Preceded by||William P. Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Charles H. Grosvenor|
|Speaker of the Ohio House|
January 1, 1856 – January 3, 1858
|Preceded by||Francis C. LeBlond|
|Succeeded by||William Burnham Woods|
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
|Preceded by||A. J. Cunningham|
|Succeeded by||George L. Converse|
January 23, 1822|
Washington County, Pennsylvania
|Died||December 4, 1882
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.
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.
- 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.
- Nelson H. Van Vorhes at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-10-18
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