Thomas H. Ford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Thomas H. Ford
Thomas H. Ford.png
3rd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 14, 1856 – January 11, 1858
GovernorSalmon P. Chase
Preceded byJames Myers
Succeeded byMartin Welker
Personal details
Born(1814-08-23)August 23, 1814
Rockingham County, Virginia
DiedFebruary 29, 1868(1868-02-29) (aged 53)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeMansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Ohio
Political partyRepublican

Thomas H. Ford (August 23, 1814 – February 29, 1868) was an American Republican politician who served as the third Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1856 to 1858.[1]

Ford was born August 23, 1814 at Rockingham County, Virginia. He had little formal education and his occupation was a farmer. He studied law and was admitted to the bar.[2] He moved to Mansfield, Ohio,[3] and became an anti-slavery leader. After delivering a speech at Philadelphia espousing the Republican party, he was offered the nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 1855, and won election to a single term.[4] In 1860, he was chosen Government Printer by the United States House of Representatives. He served in the Mexican War, and was Colonel of the 32nd Ohio Infantry, Ohio Volunteer Militia during the U.S. Civil War. Ford was arrested in 1862, and sent to Washington, D.C. for trial by a military commission. He was charged with having neglected his duty in the defense of Maryland Heights at the Battle of Harpers Ferry, September, 1862. After trial, Ford was ordered dismissed from the service on November 8, 1862, by order of the War Department.[5] He located in Washington, D.C., where he had a lucrative law practice, and where he died February 29, 1868.[2]

He was buried in Mansfield Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. ^ a b Smith 1898 : 44
  3. ^ a b Baughman, A. J., ed. (1901). A Centennial biographical history of Richland County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 75.
  4. ^ 1855 election Ford 169,408 Democrat James Myers 134,385 from Smith 1898 : 40
  5. ^ Reid 1895 : 214


Political offices
Preceded by
James Myers
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Martin Welker