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Brevet Brig. General Edward Follansbee Noyes

Also Known As: "Brevet Brig. General Edward F. Noyes (USA)", "Governor"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 4, 1890 (57)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
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Son of Theodore Noyes and Hannah -
Husband of Margaret W. Noyes

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About Brevet Brig. General Edward F. Noyes (USA), Governor

   "Political Graveyard": Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Ohio, 1872-74; U.S. Minister to France, 1877-81. 1890. Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
   "Hist of Columbus": Edward F. Noyes, republican, Hamilton county, elected Governor in 1871, assumed office January, 1872. Vote east: Noyes. 238,273; George W. Mc-Cook, democrat, Jefferson county, 218, 105; Gideon T. Stewart. Huron county, temperance, 4,068. Served two yean. Born in Massachusetts, 1833; died, Cincinnati, 1890.
   The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II: Edward F. had a fine record as a soldier and as a citizen. His parents having died in his infancy, at the age of thirteen he was apprenticed, by his guardian, as a printer in the office of the "Morning Star," a religious paper published in Dover, NH, where he remained four years and a half, and then began preparing for college at Kingston Academy; he entered Dartmouth in 1853 and graduated in 1857, ranking fourth in a class of fifty-seven. He then went to Cincinnati and studied law with E.M. Curwen, and graduated at the Cincinnati Law School, 1858, and began practicing law the same year, and was in the successful prosecution of his profession at the breaking out of the Rebellion July 8th, 1861, his law office was changed to recruiting headquarters, and in less than a month a full regiment was raised, and ready for the field, he was commissioned as Major of the Regt. (39th Ohio Infantry). In this rank he served with the regiment during all its marches in Missouri, and during the campaign for the capture of New Madrid and Island No. 10. He took part in all the engagements of the left wing of our army at Corinth, and at Farmington. Upon the resignation of the Colonel and promotion of the Lieut. Colonel, he was commissioned Lieut. Colonel of his regiment 8 July 1862, and took part in the battles of Iuka and Corinth.
   He was commissioned Colonel of the Regiment Oct. 1st, 1862, vice Gilbert resigned; and commanded it until the beginning of the Atlanta campaign, in camp and in engagements, and in building railroads in Tennessee. While on this latter duty the subject of veteran reenlistments became prominent, and with a quick perception of its necessity, Col. Noyes threw the whole weight of his influence into the work of re-enlisting his regiment; and as a result, the 39th Ohio re-enlisted a much larger proportion of veterans than any other Ohio regiment.
   He took an active part in the Atlanta campaign, being at the battles of Resaca, Dallas and Kennesaw Mountain. July 4, 1864, while in command of an assault on the rebel works near Ruff's Mills he received a wound which resulted in the loss of a leg. After partial recovery from two amputations, and while still on crutches, he reported for duty, and was assigned to command Camp Dennison, where he remained until April 22, 1865, when he resigned to accept the position of City Solicitor for Cincinnati, to which he was elected while absent in the field.
   He was elected Probate Judge of Hamilton County, Oct., 1866. He was recommended for the grade of Brigadier General by Gens. Pope, Rosencrantz, Stanley, Dodge and Sherman; and after being disabled for active service he was appointed Brevet Brig. General, Mar. 13, 1865. (From "Ohio in the Civil War.")
   Gen. Noyes was subsequently Governor of Ohio 1872-4, minister to France 1877-80, judge of the Sup. Court, Cincinnati, 1889-1890.
   Edward F. Noyes was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on October 3, 1832. Left an orphan at the age of three, he spent his early life in New Hampshire, where he lived with his grandfather and a guardian. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed to the printer of the Morning Star, a religious newspaper published in Dover, New Hampshire. He remained a printer-boy for four and one-half years until he left to enter an academy at Kingston, New Hampshire. In 1853 he enrolled in Dartmouth College.
   While in his senior year, Noyes' forensic ability and whole-hearted advocacy of the principles of the newly-founded Republican party were recognized by the Republican state committee of New Hampshire, which selected the youth to speak in support of the election of John C. Fremont to the presidency. This event whetted Noyes' appetite for a future career in politics.
   After his graduation from Dartmouth in 1857, fourth in a class of fifty-seven, Noyes visited a classmate in Cincinnati. So taken was the ambitious easterner with the vigorous energy and material progress of the bustling "Queen City," that he remained there to study law with M. E. Curwen, graduating from the Cincinnati Law School in 1858.
   With the firing upon Fort Sumter, Noyes turned from his law practice to help raise the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment. On July 27, 1861, he was commissioned a major in this regiment. For three years he participated in every battle and skirmish in which his command was engaged. One superior officer spoke of Noyes as being "as efficient and faithful as he is brave and determined." Noyes advanced to the rank of colonel as he received commendations from Generals John Pope, William S. Rosecrans, and William T. Sherman, among others.
   On July 4, 1864, while in command of an assault near Ruff's Mills, Georgia, Colonel Noyes received an ankle wound which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. Three months later, although Noyes had only partially recovered from his amputation and was yet on crutches, he was assigned by Major General Joseph Hooker to command Camp Dennison, Ohio, and breveted a brigadier general. Here Noyes remained until April 22, 1865, when he resigned to become city solicitor of Cin- cinnati. Before his term as solicitor expired he was elected in October 1866 to be probate judge of Hamilton County.
   In 1871 the Republican party, seeking to retain the votes of thousands of Civil War veterans, chose General Noyes as its candidate for governor. In an unexciting campaign the thirty-nine year old Cin- cinnatian defeated his Democratic rival, Colonel George W. McCook, by more than twenty thousand votes.
   Few measures of general importance were enacted during Noyes administration. Election laws were amended to make it unlawful for election judges to leave the place of voting or to remove the ballot boxes until after the votes had been tallied. Acts were passed to define more clearly the powers and duties of county officers. Governor Noyes sponsored new inspection laws for coal mines, investigated Ohio's pardon system, made recommendations for fish conservation measures, and secured the division of the Buckeye state into twenty congressional districts.
   The year 1873 was a troubled one for Ohio Republicans, still shaken by the abortive Liberal revolt of the preceding year. When a widespread depression settled upon the country, local Republican leaders were bound to pay the political penalty for economic suffering and unemployment. Added to this were the maladministration of the Grant regime, the odium of Credit Mobilier, and the infamy of the Salary Grab Act, all unjustly attaching themselves to Noyes' campaign for reelection. The gubernatorial contest of 1873 was fierce, as Noyes' aggressive Democratic opponent, the aged William Allen, called by one newspaper, "that marvelous relic of a bygone era of statesmanship," attacked the Republicans for passing laws for the "benefit of corpora- tions, cliques and rings," while the country suffered from their corruption and negligence. The majority was small, but the final vote disclosed that by a scant plurality of 817 votes Ohio had elected a Democratic governor for the first time since the Civil War. Noyes' subsequent bid for the senatorship in 1874 was rejected by the Democratic legislature which elected Allen G. Thurman.
   At the Republican national convention of 1876 Governor Noyes was designated by the twenty-five-man Ohio delegation to present the name of Rutherford B. Hayes for the presidency. Noyes' zealous, behind- the-scenes management of Hayes' campaign, described by one veteran observer as "able, judicious, untiring, unselfish, inspiring, adroit," won the support of hesitant independents and reformers and secured Hayes' nomination. Following the uncertain results of the fall elections, Noyes hurriedly joined the "visiting statesmen" sent to observe events in Florida and to advocate the Republican side before the local canvassing board. Amid charges of fraud and incidents of violence, Noyes helped attain his party's victory in Florida. Two years later, a congressional investigating committee absolved Noyes of charges that he had im- properly influenced the Florida canvassers by promises of political favor.
   In 1877 President Hayes selected Edward Noyes to succeed Elihu B. Washburne as minister to France, a position which Noyes filled for four years with distinction to himself and credit to his country. As minister he represented this country in the Paris Exposition of 1878, participated in the International Monetary Conference held in Paris in the same year for the purpose of fixing international exchange values of gold and silver, and toured Africa in quest of opportunities for American commercial interests. Replaced in 1881 by the New York banker, Levi Parsons Morton, Noyes returned to Cincinnati where he resumed his law practice and served as an elder counselor in the Republican gubernatorial campaigns of the eighties. He died suddenly on September 4, 1890, while serving on the bench of the superior court of Cincinnati, a post to which he had been elected only a year earlier. He was survived by his wife, Margaret, and their son.
   Noyes had brought to the governorship and his subsequent positions not only varied and extensive learning in the law, but also a matchless eloquence. He was of commanding and handsome presence, was gifted with a fine voice, and was a master of the graces of rhetoric and the rules of logic. William Henry Smith, writing to Rutherford B. Hayes, referred to Noyes' political conduct as "that of a noble, chivalrous, honorable gentleman."

Edward Follansbee Noyes (October 3, 1832 – September 4, 1890) was a Republican politician from Ohio. Noyes served as the 30th Governor of Ohio.


Noyes was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was orphaned at the age of three and was raised in New Hampshire by his grandfather and a guardian. At the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed to the printer of The Morning Star, a religious newspaper published in Dover, New Hampshire. He remained an apprentice for over four years until he left to enter an academy in Kingston, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1857 (4th in a class of 57 students), then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the Cincinnati Law School.

Noyes served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He helped organize the 39th Ohio Infantry, and was rewarded with a commission as its first major on July 27, 1861. Within a few months, he had become the regiment's colonel. He was severely wounded in his ankle in a skirmish at Ruff's Mill on July 4, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign and, as a result, had his left leg amputated. Three months later, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker assigned Noyes, who was still recuperating and using crutches, to the command of Camp Dennison near Cincinnati, breveted him as a brigadier general. Noyes commanded the post until April 22, 1865, when he resigned to become city solicitor.

He was elected in October 1866 as the probate judge of Hamilton County.

He was elected to the governorship in 1871, besting another former Union Army officer, Col. George W. McCook, by more than twenty thousand votes. He served one two-year term between 1872–74, pushing for stricter coal mine inspection laws and promoting fish conservation.

In 1874, he was appointed an Ohio Commissioner of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia

He later served as Rutherford B. Hayes's Minister to France from 1877–81, a patronage reward for his strong support of his fellow Buckeye soldier during Hayes' presidential campaign.

He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Brevet Brig. General Edward F. Noyes (USA), Governor's Timeline

October 3, 1832
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
September 4, 1890
Age 57
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States