Columbus Delano (1809 - 1896)

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Nicknames: "Columbus", "Delano"
Birthplace: Shoreham, Vermont
Death: Died in Mt Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States
Occupation: lawyer, Comm. Int. Revenue, politician
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About Columbus Delano

Columbus Delano, son of James Delano and Lucinda Bateman, was born in Shoreham, Vermont on June 4, 1809; married in Knox Co., Ohio on July 14, 1834 with ELIZABETH LEAVENWORTH, dau. of Martin Leavenworth and Clara Sherman. She was born in Woodbury, Connecticut. on Aug. 7, 1812. He died on Oct. 23, 1896; she died Aug. 5, 1897; both buried at Mound View Cemetery, Mont Vernon, Ohio.

Children were: Antoinette (1837), Elizabeth Ames (1839), and John Sherman (1841).

  • 1834 marriage record: W. Columbus Delano m. Elizabeth Leavenworth on 7/14/1834 in Knox Co., Ohio.
  • 1850 census: Columbus Delano (41, b Vt) and wife Elizabeth (38, b Ct); in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. w ch. Elizabeth (11, b Oh) and John (8, b Oh). He is a lawyer.
  • 1870 census: Columbus Delano (61, b Vt) and wife Elizabeth (56, b Ct); in DC w son John Delano (28, b OH), his wife Ellen E. Delano (27, b OH) and their ch. Harmon B. Delano (7, b OH) and George B. Delano (5, b OH). He is Comm Int. Revenue.

US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Vermont but raised in Ohio, he was a lawyer and Whig party loyalist who represented the Buckeye State in Congress from 1845 to 1847. When the Whig Party folded he became a Republican actively backing Abraham Lincoln's 1860 presidential run. In 1862 he lost, by two votes, a bid to become a member of the United States Senate. However he successfully ran again for the United States House of Representatives, serving in Congress from 1865 to 1869. He was commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1869 to 1870 and was appointed Secretary of Interior by President Ulysses S. Grant in November of 1870. Although he served in this position longer than any other nineteenth century incumbent, the scandals which plagued the Grant administration forced him to resign his position in 1875. He returned to Mount Vernon, Ohio where for the next twenty years he practiced law, served as a bank president and promoted higher education. The town of Delano, California was named in his honor in 1873. (bio by: Bigwoo)

Mr. Delano was Prosecuting Attorney of Knox County, Ohio. He was a delegate to the National Convention, which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. He was appointed Commissary General of Ohio, was elected to the House of Representatives, was a member of the 29th, 39th and 40th Congresses, was appointed Commissioner of Internal Revenue by President Grant. The Mount Vernon Nazarene College Administration Building was his former home, “Lakehome”.

Burial: Mound View Cemetery Mount Vernon Knox County Ohio, USA

' COLUMBUS DELANO ... Birth: Jun. 4, 1809 Death: Oct. 23, 1896

US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Vermont but raised in Ohio, he was a lawyer and Whig party loyalist who represented the Buckeye State in Congress from 1845 to 1847. When the Whig Party folded he became a Republican actively backing Abraham Lincoln's 1860 presidential run. In 1862 he lost, by two votes, a bid to become a member of the United States Senate. However he successfully ran again for the United States House of Representatives, serving in Congress from 1865 to 1869. He was commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1869 to 1870 and was appointed Secretary of Interior by President Ulysses S. Grant in November of 1870. Although he served in this position longer than any other nineteenth century incumbent, the scandals which plagued the Grant administration forced him to resign his position in 1875. He returned to Mount Vernon, Ohio where for the next twenty years he practiced law, served as a bank president and promoted higher education. The town of Delano, California was named in his honor in 1873. (bio by: Bigwoo)

 

Burial: Mound View Cemetery Mount Vernon Knox County Ohio, USA


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Columbus Delano, (June 4, 1809 – October 23, 1896) was a lawyer and a statesman and a member of the prominent Delano family.


At the age of eight, Columbus Delano's family moved to Mount Vernon in Knox County, Ohio, a place he would call home for the rest of his life. After completing his primary education, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1831. He then set up his practice in Mount Vernon, going on to act as the prosecuting attorney for Knox County.


A member of the Whig Party, Delano became active in politics and in 1844 was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Whig. After serving his two year term he chose not to run again, instead focusing on Ohio politics, launching an unsuccessful bid for the governorship in 1847.


With the demise of the Whig party, Columbus Delano became an Ohio delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860, supporting Abraham Lincoln's nomination as President. The following year he served as State commissary general and in 1862 ran for the United States Senate, losing by only two votes to Benjamin Wade. The next year, he was successful in a bid to become a member of the State house of representatives. After completing his term, Delano remained active in party politics and was appointed Commissioner of Internal Revenue in March 1869. He served in that position until November 1, 1870 when President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him Secretary of the Interior.


With the Interior department's varied and diverse responsibilities increasing at a rapid rate, it had become a place with numerous administrative problems. For the department head, controlling the bureaus and shaping policy was a daunting task and during Delano's time as Secretary, he faced many problems but managed to last longer in the job than any other 19th-century incumbent. However, the corruption that permeated much of President Grant's administration became especially rampant with bogus agents in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and fraudulent clerks in the Patent Office during Delano's tenure, and it ultimately led to Delano resigning his position on October 15, 1875. Delano resigned because of evidence that his son, John Delano, had been given partnerships in surveying contracts over which the Interior Department had control. In addition, Delano had taken bribes in order to secure fraudulent land grants.


During his tenure as Secretary of the Interior, the town of Delano, California, founded on July 14, 1873, was named in his honor. On his resignation from Grant's cabinet, Delano returned to Mount Vernon where for the next twenty years he served as president of the First National Bank of Mount Vernon. A long time trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where an LL. D degree had been conferred on him, he endowed Delano hall. His Lakeholm mansion, built in 1871 at the outskirts of Mount Vernon, is now part of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


Columbus Delano died in 1896 and was interred in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

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Columbus Delano, US Congress's Timeline

1809
June 5, 1809
Shoreham, Vermont
1834
July 14, 1834
Age 25
Knox, Vinton County, Ohio, United States
1837
1837
Age 27
1839
1839
Age 29
Knox, OH, USA
1841
1841
Age 31
Ohio, United States
1896
October 23, 1896
Age 87
Mt Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States
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Mt Vernon, Knox, Ohio, United States