Samuel H. Huntington

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Samuel H. Huntington
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3rd Governor of Ohio
In office
December 12, 1808 – December 8, 1810
Preceded by Thomas Kirker
Succeeded by Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Ohio Senate
from Trumbull County
In office
1803–1803
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Benjamin Tappan
Ohio House of Representatives
from Geauga, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga Counties
In office
1811–1812
Preceded by Peter Hitchcock
Succeeded by Samuel S. Baldwin
Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
1803–1808
Preceded by New Title
Succeeded by Thomas Morris
Personal details
Born October 4, 1765
Coventry, Connecticut
Died June 8, 1817(1817-06-08) (aged 51)
Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Political party Democratic-Republican

Samuel H. Huntington (October 4, 1765 – June 8, 1817) was an American jurist who was the third Governor of Ohio from 1808 to 1810.

Biography[edit]

Hutington was born in Coventry, Connecticut, and was the nephew and adopted son of Samuel Huntington, the fourth President of the Continental Congress and First President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation.[1]

Huntington studied at Dartmouth College until the end of his junior year. He then transferred to Yale College, where he graduated in 1785.[1] He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Connecticut. He moved to Ohio in 1801, moving with his wife, Hannah Huntington, and small sons to the tiny village of Cleveland.

Career[edit]

After serving as a Trumbull county delegate to the State's first constitutional convention,[2] Huntington was selected to the State Supreme Court as an Associate Justice and succeeded Return J. Meigs, Jr. as Chief Justice a year later. He served until being elected Governor in 1808. His tenure was stormy, with much controversy over the impeachment of two judges for upholding the principle of judicial review (Huntington would have been impeached as well had it not been being elected governor), the move of the state capital from Zanesville to Chillicothe, and the Tiffin Resolution, which terminated the terms of all sitting judges. Huntington did not stand for re-election, but instead ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to Thomas Worthington.

Huntington was also an active Freemason, and served as the Second Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio in 1809.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Kirker
Governor of Ohio
1808–1810
Succeeded by
Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Ohio Senate
New district Senator from Trumbull County
1803
Succeeded by
Benjamin Tappan
Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter Hitchcock
as Representative from Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties
Representative from Geauga, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga Counties
1811–1812
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Baldwin
Legal offices
New title Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court
1803–1808
Succeeded by
Thomas Morris