Gov. Joseph Vance, US Congress

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Joseph Vance

Birthplace: Catfish (now Washington), Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Urbana, Ohio
Place of Burial: Oak Dale Cemetery Urbana Champaign County Ohio
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Colville Vance and Sarah Vance
Husband of Mary Rebecca Vance
Father of Arthur Franklin Vance; Dr. Duncan M. Vance; Jane Vance and Mary Corwin
Brother of William Vance; Wilson Vance; Bridget Muzzy; Moses Baird Vance and Maj. John Wilson Vance

Occupation: salt farmer; politician
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About Gov. Joseph Vance, US Congress

A salt farmer, Vance gained a commission during the War of 1812 and rose quickly from Major to Major General. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1812-1813, 1815–1816 and 1818-1819. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1820, Vance served seven terms before losing a bid for an eighth term in 1834. Vance ran for governor in 1836 and served a single two-year term, losing a bid for re-election in 1838.[1]

He intended to retire but was elected to the Ohio State Senate, and served in the Senate from 1840 to 1841. Vance ran again for the House of Representatives in 1842, and served two more terms in the House before refusing to run for re-election in 1846. Vance was a delegate tp the Whig National Convention in 1848, and was a member of the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in 1851. He was the 13th Governor of Ohio and the first Whig to hold the position.


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Gov. Joseph Vance, US Congress's Timeline

March 21, 1786
Catfish (now Washington), Pennsylvania
Age 24
Age 31
Age 32
Age 37
August 24, 1852
Age 66
Urbana, Ohio
Oak Dale Cemetery Urbana Champaign County Ohio