Valentine B. Horton

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Valentine Baxter Horton
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by Thomas Ritchey
Succeeded by Charles D. Martin
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by Charles D. Martin
Succeeded by Wells A. Hutchins
Personal details
Born (1802-01-29)January 29, 1802
Windsor, Vermont
Died January 14, 1888(1888-01-14) (aged 85)
Pomeroy, Ohio
Resting place Beech Grove Cemetery
Political party Opposition, Republican
Alma mater Partridge Military School

Valentine Baxter Horton (January 29, 1802 – January 14, 1888) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio during the first two years of the American Civil War.


Born in Windsor, Vermont, Horton attended the Partridge Military School and afterward became one of its tutors. He studied law in Middletown, Connecticut, and was admitted to the bar in 1830. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he practiced.

He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1833, and on to Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1835. He engaged in the sale and transportation of coal and the development of the salt industry. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1850.

Horton was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and was reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858.

He served as member of the Peace Conference of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. He engaged in coal mining. Horton was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861–March 3, 1863). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1862 and returned to his home.

He died in Pomeroy, Ohio, January 14, 1888, and was interred in Beech Grove Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Ritchey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles D. Martin
Preceded by
Charles D. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Wells A. Hutchins