Joseph Vance

NAME: Joseph Vance

BORN: March 21, 1786

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS:

(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

FAST FACTS:

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

BORN: ?

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS:

from Virginia
family moved to Urbana, Ohio

MARRIED: 1807

DIED: February 27, 1869, age 78