Henry St. John (congressman)

Henry St. John (* July 16 1783 in Washington County, Vermont; † May 1869 in Tiffin, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1847 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry St. John received only a limited education. Later he took part in the British -American War of 1812. In 1815 he moved to Wooster in Ohio, then in 1828 in the Crawford County and finally in 1837 in the Seneca County. He worked in agriculture, in the mill business and in a shop. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1842, St. John in the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Calvary Morris on March 4, 1843. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1847 two legislative sessions. The time until 1845 was determined by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico. This was completed in 1845 led to the annexation of the Mexican-American War, which marked the second term of St. John.

In 1846 he gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Henry St. John again worked in agriculture. He died in May 1869 in Tiffin.