John A. Gurley

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John Addison Gurley
John Addison Gurley.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863
Preceded byWilliam S. Groesbeck
Succeeded byAlexander Long
Personal details
Born(1813-12-09)December 9, 1813
East Hartford, Connecticut
DiedAugust 19, 1863(1863-08-19) (aged 49)
Green Township, Ohio
Resting placeSpring Grove Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

John Addison Gurley (December 9, 1813 – August 19, 1863) was a U.S. Congressman from Ohio during the early part of the American Civil War. He was appointed as the first Governor of the Arizona Territory, but died before taking office.

Gurley was born in East Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the district schools and received academic instruction before becoming an apprentice in the hatter’s trade. He studied theology and became a minister, serving as pastor of the Universalist Church in Methuen, Massachusetts, from 1835–1838. He moved west to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1838 and became owner and editor of the Star and Sentinel, later called the Star in the West, and also served as a pastor in that city. Gurley retired from the ministry in 1850, sold his newspaper in 1854 and retired to his farm near Cincinnati.

He was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth United States Congress. However, he was elected to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859–March 3, 1863). Gurley was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress.

During the Civil War, Gurley served as colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. John C. Frémont in 1861 when Congress was not in session. In 1863, Gurley was appointed Governor of the Arizona Territory by President Abraham Lincoln, but he died of a sudden attack of appendicitis in Green Township, near Cincinnati, on the eve of his departure to assume his duties. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Granite Mountain (Arizona), a prominent feature outside Prescott, Arizona was originally named Mount Gurley in his honor.[1]


  1. ^ Ruffner, Budge (Sep 15, 1988). "Colorful names abound throughout Arizona". The Prescott Courier. pp. 4A. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Groesbeck
U.S. Representative from Ohio's 2nd District
1859 – 1863
Succeeded by
Alexander Long