Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes
|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Ohio's 15th district
March 4, 1875 –March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||William P. Sprague|
|Succeeded by||George W. Geddes|
|Member of the OhioHouseofRepresentatives |
from the Athens County district
December 2,1850 –January 1,1854
ServingwithH. S. Bundy
|Preceded by||Anselm T. Holcomb,Joseph K. Will|
|Succeeded by||Samuel B. Pruden|
January 7,1856 –January 1,1860
|Preceded by||Samuel B. Pruden|
|Succeeded by||A. B. Monahan|
January 3,1870 –January 4,1874
|Preceded by||William P. Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Charles H. Grosvenor|
|Speaker of the Ohio House|
January 1,1856 –January 3,1858
|Preceded by||Francis C. LeBlond|
|Succeeded by||William Burnham Woods|
January 1,1872 –January 4,1874
|Preceded by||A. J. Cunningham|
|Succeeded by||George L. Converse|
|Died||December 4,1882 60) (aged|
Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes (January 23,1822 –December 4,1882) was an American newspaperman and politician who served two terms as a U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1875 to 1879.
Born in Washington County,Pennsylvania,Van Vorhes moved to Athens County,Ohio,in 1832 and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Apprenticed to a printer for six years. He was editor and proprietor of The Athens Messenger 1844-1861. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1850-1872 and served four years as speaker.
Van Vorhes lost the election for Ohio Secretary of State as a Whig in 1853. Van Vorhes was elected probate judge in 1854,but resigned. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860. He entered the Union Army as a private in 1861 and was mustered out as colonel of the 92nd Ohio Infantry in the Summer of 1863,when his health failed. His father was:Abraham Van Vorhes who also served in the Ohio General Assembly and Minnesota Territorial Legislature and his brother was:Andrew J. Van Vorhes who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Van Vorhes was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4,1875 –March 3,1879). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress. He died in Athens,Ohio,December 4,1882 and was interred in West Union Street Cemetery.
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