Governor of Ohio, Judge, U.S. Army Officer, Attorney. Born in Connecticut, he was orphaned at a young age and was adopted by his uncle, Samuel Huntington, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He attended Dartmouth College and later transferred to Yale where he graduated in 1785. After traveling to Europe, he returned to Connecticut to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1793. Huntington practiced as an attorney in Connecticut until 1800 to travel to the Western Frontier. He settled in the Northwest Territory in 1801 and briefly lived in Youngstown before resettling in Cleveland. He was appointed by Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair as Lieutenant Colonel of state militia troops in the Western Reserve, a part of the territory that was claimed by Connecticut which later became the northeast part of Ohio. He was also appointed by St. Clair as Justice of the Peace. Huntington was a delegate from Trumbull County to the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in 1802. When Ohio became a state in 1803, he was elected to the State Senate and was chosen as Speaker of the Senate. He only served in this position for a few months until he was elected by Ohio's General Assembly as an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in April of 1803. He became Chief Justice in 1804 when Return J. Meigs, Jr. resigned. Huntington was elected as Ohio's 3rd Governor in 1808. During his administration, Ohio faced several major issues including concern about going to war with Great Britain, debate about the permanent location of the capital, and the passing of Ohio's "Blue Laws." He was not a candidate for reelection in 1810 and chose instead to run for the United States Senate unsuccessfully against Thomas Worthington. Huntington then purchased a grist mill in Newburgh on Mill Creek and operated the mill for a few years until he moved to Painesville Township where he helped to found the village of Fairport in 1812. He was appointed by General William Henry Harrison in 1813 as a Paymaster and Colonel in the United States Army. Huntington was also the first man to preside as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. In 1817, he was killed in an accident while supervising construction on a road that led to his estate in Painesville, Ohio.
Bio by: K Guy