Faville, a Republican, served as the first Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1858 to 1860 under fellow Republican, Governor Ralph P. Lowe. He was also later an Iowa superintendent of public instruction (1864–1867). He was the last Secretary of the State Board of Education before the title of the office was changed to "Superintendent of Public Instruction", and then was the first person to serve in the office under its new titular style. He was also the first County Judge of Mitchell County, Iowa in 1851. Despite its title, the office was predominately an executive one; the County Judge ran the county much in the manner that the modern Board of Supervisors does today.
Fanville was born at Mannheim, Herkimer County, New York, great-grandson of Captain John Faville, shown on the Continental rolls as in command at Fishkill, New York, during the American Revolution. Faville was educated at Wesleyan University. He then taught school in New York and Vermont. Later he was a professor at McKendree College and the president of the Ohio Wesleyan Female College in Delaware, Ohio. In the 1850s he moved to Mitchell County Iowa and entered politics.
After his death he was interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Mitchell County. His brothers are buried at Mitchell, including Minor S. Faville, by their great-grandfather. Oran retired to Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, and is buried there with his wife, and his aged mother in the local Cemetery.
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