Milton Barnes (politician)

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Milton Barnes
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21st Ohio Secretary of State
In office
January 8, 1877 – January 10, 1881
Preceded by William Bell, Jr.
Succeeded by Charles Townsend
Personal details
Born (1830-04-26)April 26, 1830
Barnesville, Ohio
Died June 2, 1895(1895-06-02) (aged 65)
Westerville, Ohio
Resting place Otterbein Cemetery, Westerville
Political party Republican
Alma mater Allegheny College
Military service
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Union Army LTC rank insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel

Milton Barnes (April 26, 1830 - June 2, 1895) was a Republican politician who was Ohio Secretary of State from 1877-1881.

Milton Barnes was born April 26, 1830 in Barnesville Belmont County, Ohio. He attended country schools and at eighteen became a teacher, and at nineteen attended Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania, but went home due to failing health.[1] He studied law and higher mathematics at an academy at Salem, Ohio, then at a law office in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar in January, 1859. He moved to Cambridge, Ohio and opened a law office.[1]

At the start of the American Civil War, Barnes raised a company and enlisted as captain in the Sixty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He returned home on sick leave, resigned his command and re-enlisted in the Ninety-seventh Regiment as lieutenant colonel. He was twice wounded severely, and mustered out June, 1865.[1]

In 1867 and 1869 Barnes was elected prosecuting attorney of Guernsey County.[1] In 1876 the Republican Party nominated him for Ohio Secretary of State, and he defeated William Bell Jr. in the general election.[2] He won re-election with a plurality over David R. Paige and two others in 1878,[3] and did not run again.


  1. ^ a b c d Smith 1898 : 366
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 364
  3. ^ Smith 1898 : 393


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Political offices
Preceded by
William Bell, Jr.
Secretary of State of Ohio
Succeeded by
Charles Townsend