Joseph Vance

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Joseph Vance
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Philemon Beecher
Succeeded by John Wilson Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by David Chambers
Succeeded by Thomas Corwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded by William Kennon, Sr.
Succeeded by Samson Mason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Jeremiah Morrow
Succeeded by Richard S. Canby
13th Governor of Ohio
In office
December 12, 1836 – December 13, 1838
Preceded by Robert Lucas
Succeeded by Wilson Shannon
Personal details
Born March 21, 1786
Catfish, Pennsylvania
Died August 24, 1852(1852-08-24) (aged 66)
Urbana, Ohio
Resting place Oak Dale Cemetery
Political party Whig

Joseph Vance (March 21, 1786 – August 24, 1852) was a Whig politician from Ohio. He was the 13th Governor of Ohio and the first Whig to hold the position.


Vance was born in Catfish (now Washington), Pennsylvania. He moved with his father, Joseph C. Vance, a Revolutionary War veteran, to Vanceburg, Kentucky, in 1788, and then to Urbana, Ohio, in 1805.[1] Vance married Mary Lemon in 1807.


A salt farmer, Vance gained a commission during the War of 1812 and rose quickly from Major to Major General. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1812–1813, 1815–1816 and 1818–1819. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1820, Vance served seven terms before losing a bid for an eighth term in 1834. Vance ran for governor in 1836 and served a single two-year term, losing a bid for re-election in 1838.[1]

He intended to retire but was elected to the Ohio State Senate, and served in the Senate from 1840 to 1841. Vance ran again for the House of Representatives in 1842 and served two more terms in the House. He did not run for re-election in 1846. Vance was a delegate to the 1848 Whig National Convention and was a member of the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in 1851.


Vance died in Urbana, Ohio and was buried at Oak Dale Cemetery in Urbana.[2]


Vance was instrumental in laying out the town of Findlay, Ohio.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Joseph Vance". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 5, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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