G. V. Dorsey

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Godwin Volney Dorsey
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11th Ohio State Treasurer
In office
January 14, 1862 – September 25, 1865
Preceded by Alfred P. Stone
Succeeded by William Hooper
Personal details
Born (1812-11-17)November 17, 1812
Oxford, Ohio
Died May 15, 1885(1885-05-15) (aged 72)
Piqua, Ohio
Resting place Forest Hill Union Cemetery, Piqua
Political party Democratic, Republican
Alma mater Miami University
Ohio Medical College

Godwin Volney Dorsey (November 17, 1812 – May 15, 1885)[1][2] was a Democrat and later Republican politician in the state of Ohio and was Ohio State Treasurer from 1862-1865.

Godwin Dorsey was born November 17, 1812 at Oxford Butler County, Ohio.[3] He graduated from Miami University, and from the Medical College of Ohio in 1836. He then settled in Piqua, Ohio.[4]

Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler.[5] He was a Democratic delegate to the 1850 Ohio Constitutional Convention, and a member of the Democratic National Convention in 1856.[4] He was the Democratic nominee for the 4th congressional district in 1854, but lost with 30% of the vote.[6] In 1856 he lost to Matthias H. Nichols by 245 votes for the same district.[7] In 1859, he ran for Ohio State Auditor, but lost to Republican Robert Walker Tayler, Sr.[8]

Dorsey was elected as Ohio State Treasurer as a Republican in 1861 and 1863 and was a member of the Republican National Convention in 1864.[4] He resigned as Treasurer September 25, 1865.[9] David Tod was Elector-at-large in 1868 for Grant/Colfax. He died before the meeting of electors, and was replaced by Dorsey.[4]

He died in Piqua May 15, 1885.[2][10] He was buried at Forest Hill Union Cemetery in Piqua.[11]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Troy Historical Society
  3. ^ Miami County, p. 584.
  4. ^ a b c d Smith 1898, p. 143.
  5. ^ Taylor 1899, p. 255.
  6. ^ Smith 1898, p. 27.
  7. ^ Smith 1898, p. 65.
  8. ^ Smith 1898, p. 95.
  9. ^ Wikoff 1875, p. 12.
  10. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Dorsey, Godwin Volney". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 
  11. ^ G. V. Dorsey at Find a Grave


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Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred P. Stone
Treasurer of Ohio
Succeeded by
William Hooper