Maj Byron William Langdon

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Maj Byron William Langdon

  • Birth 1 Aug 1838
  • Death 18 May 1913
  • Burial Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Section 1 Lot 127
  • Memorial ID 15826340

Byron William Langdon

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 7/9/1863 as a Sergt Major.
On 7/9/1863 he mustered into Field & Staff IN 108th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 7/17/1863 at Indianapolis, IN

Judge Byron William Langdon was born on Aug. 1, 1838 at Jamestown, NY, the son of John and Jane Ann (Duff) Langdon.
Spending his entire legal career in Lafayette, IN, Byron was a legal scholar, law firm attorney, Civil War veteran, Indiana representative and senator, and a judge. And a delegate to a national presidential convention.

Byron's legal career was interrupted briefly by service in the Civil War. The conflict in Indiana was marked by a daring Confederate raid in July 1863 led by General John Hunt Morgan. His cavalry unit of 2,500 mounted men, dubbed "Morgan's Raiders," swept into Kentucky and southern Indiana. They pushed eastward rapidly, along a 1,000 mile path. Morgan's Raid led to an outcry for defenders, and Indiana Governor Morton put out a call for volunteers.

The "Invasion of Indiana," as it also was called, caused panic among the population. Newspapers ran many articles about the widespread fear, including those seen left and right from the Cincinnati Daily Gazette.

Byron joined the 108th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, where he was elected as sergeant major. In Columbus, the state capitol city of neighboring Ohio, his brother in law William Buck Hayden, who a few months earlier had "raised and commanded a company" of Zouaves, offered his unit's services to the United States. His Zouaves were merged into the 46th Ohio Infantry to defend the Buckeye State.

Fortunately, Byron's military service only lasted about a week, until the raiders were stopped. The raid ended in eastern Ohio, when Morgan and about 350 of his remaining troops surrendered, just 12 miles southwest of the home of cousins Jacob and Julianna (Forney) Minor in Columbiana County.

Byron's lengthy obituary in the Lafayette Morning Journal is the source for much of the information about his legal career, and excerpts appear below. After the war, Byron was a partner with Robert Jones, then Daniel Mace and finally Judge Huff from 1866 to 1874. From 1874 to 1876, "he practiced alone, building up ... a large and lucrative business, and taking high rank as a member of the bar of Tippecanoe..."

His law offices were in the First National Bank Building in downtown Lafayette. He was said to have been an "authority on civil and probate law."

n 1878, Byron was elected as an Indiana state senator, beating Colonel W.C. Wilson, who was the National and Democratic candidate. He was in this role for four years. One of the privileges of this office was to serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

On June 2 through 8, 1880, he was in Chicago for the convention, held at the Exposition Building, seen at left. The ensuing gathering of frenzied Republicans saw a three-way fight between Ulysses S. Grant, James G. Blaine and John Sherman. Even while the delegates voted 35 different times, no clear leader emerged. Then, on the 36th ballot, James A. Garfield was nominated, and became the "dark horse" nominee.

Garfield eventually won the presidency, only to be tragically gunned down by an assassin in a railroad station, a year after the convention, and then dying in mid-September 1881 after lingering near death for two and a half months.

In about 1892, after some 30 years of marriage, Byron and Elizabeth separated. She moved to the village of College Corner in Oxford, Butler County, OH, while he stayed in Lafayette, maintaining his position on the bench.

Byron rented rooms at 217 North Sixth Street. On the morning of May 18, 1913, he was found dead in bed, having apparently died suddenly, while reading a newspaper. His death at age 75 made major headlines in the Morning Journal.
d. May 18, 1913


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 15826340
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Byron William Langdon (1 Aug 1838–18 May 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15826340, citing Greenbush Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Bev (contributor 47588577) .