William H. Upson

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William Hanford Upson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Rufus P. Spalding
Succeeded by James Monroe
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
March 14, 1883 – December 8, 1883
Appointed by Charles Foster
Preceded by William White
Succeeded by Selwyn N. Owen
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 2, 1854 – January 6, 1856
Preceded by Ransom A. Gillett
Succeeded by O. P. Brown
Personal details
Born January 11, 1823
Worthington, Ohio, USA
Died April 13, 1910 (aged 87)
Akron, Ohio, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julia A. Ford
Children four
Alma mater Western Reserve Academy
Yale Law School
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

William Hanford Upson (January 11, 1823 – April 13, 1910) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Ohio.

Upson was born in Worthington, Ohio. His parents were Dr. Daniel Upson and Polly Wright. He attended Tallmadge Academy, pursued in classical studies and graduated from Western Reserve College in 1842. He studied law at the Painesville, Ohio office of Reuben Hitchcock, followed by a year at Yale Law School.[1][2] He was admitted to the bar in 1845, commencing practice in Akron, Ohio in 1846. He served as prosecuting attorney of Summit County, Ohio from 1848 to 1850, was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1853 to 1855 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. Upson was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1868, serving from 1869 to 1873, not being a candidate for renomination in 1872. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims from 1871 to 1873. Afterward, he was once again a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876, was appointed an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1883 and was elected judge of the circuit court of Ohio in 1884, serving until 1894. Upson continued practicing law until his death in Akron, Ohio on April 13, 1910. He was interred in Glendale Cemetery in Akron.

Upson was married May 20, 1856 to Julia A. Ford of Akron, and four children were born to them.[1][2]

Upson was a trustee of Western Reserve College, Oberlin College, and the Lake Erie Female Seminary in Painesville.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lane, Samuel A. (1892). Fifty years and over of Akron and Summit County. Akron: Beacon Job Department. p. 172.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System - William Hanford Upson

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rufus P. Spalding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by
James Monroe