NAME: Joseph Vance
BORN: March 21, 1786
(born, in present day Washington, Pennsylvania)
family settled in Urbana, Ohio (Champaign County), 1801
EDUCATION: little formal education
GOVERNORSHIP: 13th governor, 1836 - 1838 (one term)
DIED: August 24, 1852, Urbana, Ohio
Early on, Vance made a living as a salt peddler.
He served in the Ohio House of Representatives, 1813 - 1816, 1819 - 1820.
Later, he served in the United States House of Representative, 1821 - 1835, 1843 - 1847.
Vance was the first Whig governor elected in Ohio. As governor, he pushed for the completion of the Ohio and Miami canals. He also fought for the abolition of capital punishment. His unsuccessful bid for reelection in 1838 was probably due to backlash from the extradition of John Mahan, an abolitionist who helped two Kentucky slaves escape bondage.
FIRST LADY of OHIO
NAME: Mary Lemon Vance
family moved to Urbana, Ohio
DIED: February 27, 1869, age 78