NAME: Mordecai Bartley
BORN: December 16, 1783
(born, Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
moved to Jefferson County, Ohio
eventually settled near Mansfield, Ohio (Richland County)
18th governor, 1844 - 1846
DIED: October 10, 1870
Bartley was a farmer and merchant by trade.
Mordecai Bartley was the father of Thomas W. Bartley, Ohio's 17th governor. During the War of 1812, Bartley served as captain of a volunteer company and as a regimental adjutant under General William Harrison.
Bartley served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1816 to 1818.
Bartley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1823 to 1831.
As governor, Bartley took a political stand against existing fugitive slave laws. He wanted to do away with social and legal restrictions placed on Ohio's free African American population.
FIRST LADY of OHIO
NAME: Elizabeth Welles Bartley
COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS: (born, Pennsylvania)
DIED: August 27, 1851, age 62
Elizabeth Bartley was the only woman in Ohio history
to be both a mother and spouse of Ohio governors.