|3rd Territorial Governor of Minnesota|
April 23, 1857 – May 24, 1858
|Appointed by||James Buchanan|
|Preceded by||Willis A. Gorman|
|Succeeded by||Henry Hastings Sibley|
|6th Territorial Governor of Kansas|
December 1858 – December 1860
|Preceded by||James W. Denver|
|Succeeded by||Charles L. Robinson|
|Born||February 25, 1801|
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||November 7, 1864 (aged 63)|
Columbus, Ohio, United States
|Resting place||Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio|
Samuel Medary (February 25, 1801 – November 7, 1864) was an American newspaper owner and politician.
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, he settled in Bethel, Ohio, in 1825. After a term in the Ohio House of Representatives (1834) and the Ohio State Senate (1836–38) as a Jackson Democrat, he purchased a newspaper in Columbus that became the Ohio Statesman, which he edited until 1857. He was active at the National Democratic Conventions at Baltimore in 1844, where he was instrumental in the nomination of James K. Polk; and at Cincinnati in 1856, where he was the President pro tem. President James Buchanan appointed him as the third Territorial Governor of Minnesota from April 23, 1857, to May 24, 1858. Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858, and elected Henry Hastings Sibley as the state's first governor.
Returning to Columbus, Ohio, he established a newspaper he named The Crisis. While living in Columbus, Medary resided at his estate, Northwood Place, located along the Worthington Pike, now North High Street, near Northwood Avenue. Medary was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1864 for conspiracy against the government and was arrested. He was released on bond, but died in Columbus, Ohio before he could be tried.
One of the first townsites in Dakota Territory is named after Medary. The town of Medaryville, Indiana was also named after him. In North Columbus, Ohio (annexed to the city of Columbus in the late 1800s) a street dating back to the early 1900s Medary Avenue was named for him. Because Columbus Public Schools names its schools for the street on which they are located, Medary Elementary School also carried his surname.
Medary was buried at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
- Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Index to Politicians: Meaghan to Meek". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
James W. Denver
| Territorial Governor of Kansas
Charles L. Robinson
Willis A. Gorman
| 3rd Governor of Minnesota Territory
Henry Hastings Sibley