John J. Lentz

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John J. Lentz
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded by David K. Watson
Succeeded by Emmett Tompkins
Personal details
Born John Jacob Lentz
(1856-01-27)January 27, 1856
Belmont County, Ohio
Died July 27, 1931(1931-07-27) (aged 75)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Alma mater National Normal University
University of Wooster
University of Michigan
Columbia Law School

John Jacob Lentz (January 27, 1856 – July 27, 1931) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Life and career[edit]

Born near St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, Lentz attended the common schools and the St. Clairsville High School. He was a school teacher for four years. He graduated from the National Normal University, Lebanon, Ohio, in 1877 and then attended the University of Wooster in 1877 and 1878. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1882 and from Columbia Law School, New York City, in 1883. He was admitted to the bar in Columbus, Ohio, in October 1883 and practiced. He was law partner with George K. Nash from 1887 until Nash's death in 1904.[1] He was the founder of the American Insurance Union in 1894 and was its president continuously from then until his death. He was a trustee of Ohio University at Athens.

Lentz was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901). He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908. He participated in campaigns in many States in support of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth amendments to the Constitution. He retired from his law practice in 1915 and engaged in the insurance business. Lentz was a member of the Board of Governors of the Loyal Order of Moose.[1] He died in Columbus, Ohio, on July 27, 1931. He was interred in Green Lawn Cemetery.

John Lentz was too honest to succeed in politics.

— Eugene V. Debs, 1923[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1925). History of Ohio. IV. Chicago: The American Historical Society. pp. 461–464. ISBN 978-0-7812-5367-3. 


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David K. Watson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Succeeded by
Emmett Tompkins