Samuel Lahm

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Samuel Lahm
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by David A. Starkweather
Succeeded by David K. Cartter
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Stark County district
In office
December 5, 1842 – December 1, 1844
Preceded by Jacob Hostetter
Succeeded by Daniel Groff
Personal details
Born (1812-04-22)April 22, 1812
Leitersburg, Maryland
Died June 16, 1876(1876-06-16) (aged 64)
Canton, Ohio
Resting place West Lawn Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Almira Brown
Henrietta Faber
Children eight

Samuel Lahm (April 22, 1812 – June 16, 1876) was a lawyer, politician, and U.S. Representative from Ohio.

He was the father of Frank Samuel Lahm, a noted expatriate and pioneer balloonist, and the grandfather of Brigadier General Frank Purdy Lahm, aerial pioneer, student of the Wright brothers, and the first military officer to fly an airplane. He married Almira Brown of New Hampshire and was related by marriage to Daniel Webster. The couple had five children: Marshall, Edward, Frank Samuel, Charles Henry, and Helen Rebecca. The two eldest sons served in the 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War and died in service within three weeks of each other, by sickness. In 1855 Almira Lahm died and Lahm remarried, to Henrietta Faber of Pittsburgh. Lahm and Henrietta had three daughters.[1]

Born in Leitersburg, Maryland, he was of German descent, his parents having emigrated from Germany.[2] Lahm completed preparatory studies and then taught school. He attended Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He studied law with Oliver H. Smith in Indiana.[2] Lahm was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1836 and moved to Canton, Ohio to open a practice. He intended to return to Leitersburg, but stopped in Canton, Ohio and was pleased with the place.[2] He partnered with Andrew W. Loomis until Loomis left the state in 1841. He served as the master of chancery from 1837 to 1841 and prosecuting attorney of Stark County from 1837 to 1845. He served two terms as a member of the Ohio Senate in 1842. He was selected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lahm was appointed as a brigadier general in the state's antebellum militia, and commanded the 2nd Brigade, 6th Division of Ohio during the Mexican War.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress. However, he was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress and served from March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849. He lost election to Ohio's 18th congressional district in 1856. Lahm served as a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention[3]

Retiring from politics, he engaged in agricultural pursuits and sheep raising.

He died in Canton on June 16, 1876, and was interred in West Lawn Cemetery.


  1. ^ Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 257–259. OCLC 79257924. 
  2. ^ a b c Wheeler, Henry G. (1848). History of Congress, biographical and political: comprising memoirs of the members of the Congress of the United States…. 1. New York: Harper & Brothers. pp. 31–35. 
  3. ^ "Ohio Delegation to 1860 Democratic National Convention". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David A. Starkweather
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Succeeded by
David K. Cartter