Samuel H. Huntington
|Samuel H. Huntington|
|3rd Governor of Ohio|
December 12, 1808 – December 8, 1810
|Preceded by||Thomas Kirker|
|Succeeded by||Return J. Meigs, Jr.|
from Trumbull County
|Preceded by||New District|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Tappan|
|Ohio House of Representatives
from Geauga, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga Counties
|Preceded by||Peter Hitchcock|
|Succeeded by||Samuel S. Baldwin|
|Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||New Title|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Morris|
October 4, 1765|
Coventry, Colony of Connecticut, British America
|Died||June 8, 1817
Fairport Harbor, Ohio, U.S.
Huntington was born in Coventry in the Colony of Connecticut. He was the nephew (and, later, the adopted son) of Samuel Huntington, the fourth President of the Continental Congress and First President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation.
Huntington studied at Dartmouth College until the end of his junior year. He then transferred to Yale College, from which he was graduated in 1785. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Connecticut. In 1801, he moved to Ohio with his wife, Hannah, and their young sons, settling in the tiny village of Cleveland.
After serving as a Trumbull county delegate to the State's first constitutional convention, Huntington was selected as an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and succeeded Return J. Meigs, Jr. as Chief Justice a year later. He served until being elected Governor in 1808. His tenure was stormy, with much controversy over the impeachment of two judges for upholding the principle of judicial review (Huntington would have been impeached as well had it not been being elected governor), the move of the state capital from Zanesville to Chillicothe, and the Tiffin Resolution, which terminated the terms of all sitting judges. Huntington did not stand for re-election, but instead ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to Thomas Worthington.
Huntington was also an active Freemason, and served as the Second Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio in 1809.
- "Samuel Huntington". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- "First Constitutional Convention, Convened November 1, 1802". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications. V: 131–132. 1896.
- Support, DMG. "Grand Lodge of Ohio – 1809 – Samuel Huntington". Retrieved August 21, 2016.
- "Samuel Huntington". Ohio Historical Society.
- "Huntington, Samuel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.
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