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Joseph Vance
Birth: Mar. 25, 1786
Death: Aug. 26, 1852
Champaign County
Ohio, USA

Governor of Ohio, U.S. Congressman, War of 1812 Officer. Born in Catfish, Washington County, Pennsylvania, he moved to Kentucky with his father in 1788 when he was a child. In 1805, he moved to Urbana, Ohio and began to work as a farmer before he settled into business as a salt peddler. During the War of 1812, he organized a rifle company for service as militia and became Captain. He was promoted through the ranks of the Ohio Militia to Major General. After the war, he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Urbana and Perrysburg, Ohio and entered public office as a member of the Ohio State Legislature. Elected as a Democratic Republican to represent Ohio's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1821 to 1835. When the Congressional Districts of Ohio were realigned in 1823, Vance represented the 4th District. As a Congressman, he was a member on the Committee of Military Affairs from 1825 to 1827, and was an advocate of Western expansion. He was reelected in 1832 as a member of the Anti-Jacksonian Party. He also supported the Abolitionist Movement and later became a member of the Whig Party. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 and returned to Urbana until he was elected as Ohio's 13th Governor. Vance served from 1836 to 1838 as Governor and supported state funding for public education and the construction of canals. He also tried unsuccessfully to abolish capital punishment. Defeated for reelection in 1838, he became a member of the Ohio State Senate. Vance was elected to Congress again in 1842 and served until 1847. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Claims and a member of the Committee on Manufacturers. He declined to become a candidate for reelection in 1846 because he opposed the annexation of Texas and the Mexican American War. Vance was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1848 and a member of the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in 1851. He was also instrumental in laying out Findlay, Ohio. He died in Urbana in 1852 when he was 66 years old. His father, Joseph C. Vance, was a Revolutionary War Veteran. (bio by: K Guy) 
Family links: 
  Alexander Franklin Vance (1811 - 1889)*
  Duncan McArthur Vance (1818 - 1878)*
  Jane Vance (1819 - 1899)*
  Mary L Vance Corwin (1824 - 1878)*
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Oak Dale Cemetery
Champaign County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Jul 23, 2002
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Joseph Vance
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Joseph Vance
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Joseph Vance
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You make me proud my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandpa.
- Your 3rd grade granddaughter Gloria
 Added: Oct. 18, 2014

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Mar. 25, 2013
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