Thaddeus A. Minshall

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Thaddeus Armstrong Minshall
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Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
February 9, 1886 – February 9, 1902
Preceded byGeorge W. McIlvaine
Succeeded byJames Latimer Price
Personal details
Born(1834-01-19)January 19, 1834
Hallsville, Ohio
DiedNovember 22, 1908(1908-11-22) (aged 74)
Chillicothe, Ohio
Resting placeGrandview Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julia Ewing Pearson
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Union Army
Years of service1861–1864
RankUnion army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain

Thaddeus Armstrong Minshall (January 19, 1834 – November 22, 1908) was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court 1886–1902.


Thaddeus A. Minshall was born near Hallsville, Ross County, Ohio. His mother died in 1841, and he worked in a woolen mill for six years starting in 1844. He also attended Mount Pleasant Academy at Kingston. He started teaching school at age twenty, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1861.[1]

Civil War[edit]

During the American Civil War, Minshall enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company C of the 22nd Ohio Infantry April 20, 1861, and was mustered out after four months as a Sergeant Major. He re-enlisted October 1861 as a Captain in Company H of the 33rd Ohio Infantry, served three years, and mustered out October, 1864.[1]


After the War, Minshall began a practice in Chillicothe, and was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Ross County. In 1877, he was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to fill a vacancy, and elected to a full terms in 1878 and 1883.[1]

In 1885, the Republicans nominated George W. McIlvaine to a fourth five-year term on the Ohio Supreme Court. He declined their offer, and Minshall was offered the nomination, and won election. He was re-elected more than once and served until February, 1902.[2]

Thaddeus A Minshall died November 22, 1908 at Chillicothe.[3] He had married Julia Ewing Pearson on April 9, 1873. He and his family are buried at Grandview Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Smith 1898 : 514
  2. ^ State of Ohio
  3. ^ Evans, Lyle S, ed. (1917). A standard history of Ross County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the Past... 1. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 179.
  4. ^ "Thaddeus Armstrong Minshall". The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2011-08-29.


External links[edit]

Thaddeus A. Minshall at Find a Grave

Legal offices
Preceded by
George W. McIlvaine
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Succeeded by
James Latimer Price