Thomas L. Young

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Thomas Lowry Young
33rd Governor of Ohio
In office
March 2, 1877 – January 14, 1878
Lieutenant H. W. Curtiss
Preceded by Rutherford B. Hayes
Succeeded by Richard M. Bishop
12th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 10, 1876 – March 2, 1877
Governor Rutherford B. Hayes
Preceded by Alphonso Hart
Succeeded by H. W. Curtiss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1883
Preceded by Henry B. Banning
Succeeded by Isaac M. Jordan
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hamilton County district
In office
January 1, 1866 – January 5, 1868
Serving with ten others
Preceded by ten others
Succeeded by nine others
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the first district
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
Serving with John Schiff
Joseph F. Wright
Preceded by Thomas H. Yeatman
Michael Goepper
Samuel F. Hunt
Nathan Lord, Jr.
Succeeded by William R. Wallace
Vachel Worthington
Stephen H. Burton
Personal details
Born (1832-12-14)December 14, 1832
Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland
Died July 20, 1888(1888-07-20) (aged 55)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery
Political party Republican
Alma mater Cincinnati Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1848 - 1858, 1861 - 1864
Rank Colonel
Brevet Brigadier General
Commands 118th Ohio Infantry

Thomas Lowry Young (December 14, 1832 – July 20, 1888) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. Young, a Republican, served as the 33rd Governor of Ohio from March 2, 1877 to January 14, 1878.

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland. While living in Ireland, his father was a gardener for Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Dufferin.[1] He immigrated with his parents to the United States as a child. After spending his childhood in New York,[2] he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1848, originally joining as a musician.[3] He advanced through the ranks of the artillery to become a First Sergeant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery, serving under Brevet Major John F. Reynolds.[4] After his service ended in January 1858, Young moved to Pennsylvania, and moved to Cincinnati a year later.


Young joined Company F, of the Benton Cadets (a Missouri militia unit) as a captain in September 1861 after the outbreak of the Civil War, but resigned in December. He later received a commission as major in the 118th Ohio Infantry in September 1862 and served until September 1864, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel in April 1863 and colonel in April 1864. "At the Battle of Resaca Colonel Young led the first charge on the center of the enemy's works, where his regiment was repulsed with great slaughter, losing one hundred and sixteen men out of two hundred and seventy in a few minutes. For this and other acts of gallantry the President, on the 13th of March, 1865, brevetted him Brigadier-General of volunteers."[5]

He graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1865 and won election to the Ohio House of Representatives, serving a single two-year term from 1866 to 1868. He was then elected to the Ohio State Senate, serving a single two-year term from 1871 to 1873. Young was elected the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1875, defeating Samuel Cary, taking office in 1876. He then filled out the term of Rutherford B. Hayes when the latter was elected to the presidency, serving from 1877 to 1878.

Later life[edit]

Young was then elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1878 and served two terms before losing a battle for renomination in 1882. He died in 1888 while holding a position on the Cincinnati Board of Public Affairs. Young was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clarke 1889, p. 198
  2. ^ a b "Thomas L. Young". Ohio History Central. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Thomas L. Young". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ Reid 1895, p. 988
  5. ^ Reid 1895, p. 989


External links[edit]

Wikisource-logo.svg "Young, Thomas Lowry". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.