Thomas W. Bartley

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Thomas Welles Bartley
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17th Governor of Ohio
In office
April 15, 1844 December 3, 1844
Preceded by Wilson Shannon
Succeeded by Mordecai Bartley
28th Speaker of the Ohio Senate
In office
December 4, 1843 December 1, 1844
Preceded by Wilson Shannon
Succeeded by Mordecai Bartley
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
February 2, 1852 February 9, 1859
Preceded by Rufus Paine Spalding
Succeeded by William Virgil Peck
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from Richland County
In office
Preceded byJames Comings
Succeeded byR. W. Cahill
James P. Henderson
Member of the Ohio Senate from Richland County
In office
Preceded byWilliam McLaughlin
Succeeded byJoseph Newman
Personal details
Born(1812-02-11)February 11, 1812
Jefferson County, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1885(1885-06-20) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeGlenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
  • Julia Maria Larwill
  • Susan D. Sherman
  • Ellen McCoy
Alma mater Jefferson College

Thomas Welles Bartley (also known as Thomas W. Bartley) (February 11, 1812 – June 20, 1885) was an American Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. He served as the 17th Governor of Ohio. Bartley was succeeded in office by his father, Mordecai Bartley, one of only a few instances of this occurring in high elected office in the United States.

Ohio U.S. state in the United States

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus. Ohio is bordered by Pennsylvania to the east, Michigan to the northwest, Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast.

Mordecai Bartley American politician

Mordecai Bartley was a Whig politician from Ohio. He served as the 18th Governor of Ohio. Bartley succeeded his son, Thomas W. Bartley as governor, one of only a few instances of this happening in the United States in high offices.



Bartley was born in Jefferson County, Ohio. As a child he moved to Mansfield, Ohio with his family. Bartley attended Jefferson College and graduated in 1829. He studied law with Jacob Parker in Mansfield, Ohio, and studied law with Elijah Hayward in Washington, D.C.. Bartley was admitted to the bar in 1833, and began practice in Mansfield. [1]

Jefferson County, Ohio U.S. county in Ohio

Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 69,709. Its county seat is Steubenville. The county is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was Vice President at the time of its creation.

Mansfield, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

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Jacob Parker is an American basketball player. He competed collegiately for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Parker was named Southland Conference Player of the Year in 2014.


Bartley served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1839–1841 and then in the Ohio State Senate from 1841-1845. He was elected Speaker of the Senate in 1843. [2]

Ohio House of Representatives lower house of the Ohio General Assembly

The Ohio House of Representatives is the lower house of the Ohio General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Ohio; the other house of the bicameral legislature being the Ohio Senate.

When Wilson Shannon resigned as governor on April 15, 1844, to take a diplomatic appointment as United States ambassador to Mexico, Bartley became Governor while concurrently remaining in the Senate. He served out the remainder of Shannon's term until December 3. [3] Bartley sought renomination under the Democratic Party, but lost at the state convention by a single vote - avoiding a contest against his father, who accepted the Whig nomination. [4] Bartley later served a contentious term on the Ohio State Supreme Court from 1852-1859.

Wilson Shannon American politician (Democrat)

Wilson Shannon was a Democratic politician from Ohio and Kansas. He served as the 14th and 16th Governor of Ohio, and was the first governor of Ohio born in the state. Shannon was the second governor of the Kansas Territory.

Bartley lived in Mansfield, Ohio, and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to practice law in 1863, and in 1867 to Washington, D.C., where he died in 1885. [1] He was interred at Glenwood Cemetery.

Glenwood Cemetery (Washington, D.C.) cemetery in Washington, D.C

Glenwood Cemetery is a historic cemetery located at 2219 Lincoln Road NE in Washington, D.C. It is a private, secular cemetery owned and operated by The Glenwood Cemetery, Inc. Many famous people are buried in Glenwood Cemetery, and the cemetery is noted for its numerous elaborate Victorian and Art Nouveau funerary monuments. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017; its mortuary chapel was separately listed in 1989.

Family life

Grave of Thomas W. Bartley. Thomas Wells Bartley grave south side - Glenwood Cemetery - 2014-09-14.jpg
Grave of Thomas W. Bartley.

On October 9, 1837, Bartley married his first wife, Julia Maria Larwill, in Wooster, Ohio. Bartley married his second wife, Susan D. Sherman (October 10, 1825– January 10, 1876), sister of John Sherman and General William Tecumseh Sherman, on November 7, 1848,. Ellen McCoy, widow of one of General Sherman's staff officers, was his third wife. [1] [5]

Wooster, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

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John Sherman American politician

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William Tecumseh Sherman US Army general, businessman, educator, and author

William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched earth policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.


Bartley was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Washington, D.C. [6]

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  4. "THOMAS W. BARTLEY". The Ohio Historical Society. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  5. Kerr, William Tecumseh Sherman: A Family Chronicle 102 (1984)
  6. Baughman, A. J., ed. (1901). A Centennial biographical history of Richland County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 75.