Portrait by John Henry Witt
|22nd Governor of Ohio|
July 13, 1853 – January 14, 1856
|Preceded by||Reuben Wood|
|Succeeded by||Salmon P. Chase|
|1st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 12, 1852 – July 13, 1853
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||James Myers|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||John Chaney|
|Succeeded by||Elias Florence|
New Castle County, Delaware
|Died||September 2, 1865
|Resting place||Elmwood Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Delaware|
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Born in New Castle County, Delaware, Medill attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 1825. After graduation, he read law and was admitted to the bar in Delaware in 1830. Medill moved to Ohio in 1830 and was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1832.
Medill was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served from 1835 to 1838, serving as Speaker of the House from 1836-1837. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1838, serving from 1839 to 1843. He lost a bid for a third term in 1842. After briefly serving as the second assistant postmaster general, Medill was appointed by President Polk as Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He returned to Ohio in 1850 to serve as the President of the 1850-1851 Constitutional Convention. Elected to the new post of Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1851, Medill entered office in 1852, serving until the resignation of Governor Reuben Wood on July 13, 1853 to take up a Consular office in Chile. Medill was re-elected in his own right in 1853, but was defeated in a bid for a second full term in 1855 by the anti-slavery Salmon P. Chase. He was First Comptroller of the United States Treasury from 1857 to 1861.
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