Edward Follensbee Noyes

Edward Follensbee Noyes

Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Sep 1890 (aged 57)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 17, Lot 227
Memorial ID 5076 · View Source
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Governor of Ohio, Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Diplomat, Judge. Born in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, he was orphaned in 1836 and moved to New Hampshire to live with his grandfather. He apprenticed as a printer in Dover, New Hampshire and later graduated from Dartmouth College in 1857, 4th in his class. He then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to study law at the Cincinnati Law School. He graduated in 1858, was admitted to the bar, and practiced as an attorney in Cincinnati. When the Civil War began, he answered President Lincoln's first call for volunteers and turned his law office into a recruiting headquarters. The men he raised for the Union Army became the 39th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and Noyes was commissioned as Major in the regiment on July 27, 1861. The regiment was deployed into Missouri and Noyes commanded them under Major General Fremont at the Siege of Madrid, and the Battles of Corinth and Iuka. Late in 1861, he became Colonel and also supervised engineering of bridge construction in Tennessee before the regiment participated in the Atlanta Campaign. At the Battle of Ruffs Mills on July 4, 1864, he was struck in the ankle by a minie ball that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. After a short period of convalescence, he was placed in command of Camp Dennison in Ohio by Major General Hooker while he could only walk with the use of crutches. He was brevetted as Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. At the end of the war, he resigned and returned to Cincinnati to accept election as City Solicitor. Noyes was appointed in October, 1866 as Judge of the Hamilton County Probate Court and served in that capacity until he was elected as Ohio's 30th Governor in 1871. A Republican, his term as Governor was relatively quiet. His campaign for reelection in 1873 suffered due to economic problems that were blamed on the Republican Party and he was unsuccessful as a candidate for a second term. The following year, he lost election as a candidate for the United States Senate from Ohio. He resumed his law profession, and in 1876, he became instrumental in the Presidential Campaign of Rutherford B. Hayes. Noyes was rewarded for his efforts in 1877 when President Hayes appointed him as United States Minister to France. In 1878, he was a member of the International Monetary Conference in Paris. He resigned in 1881, returned to Cincinnati, and resumed his practice as an attorney. In 1889, he was elected Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati and served until his death in 1890 from a heart attack in the courthouse when he was 57 years old.

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