Horatio C. Claypool

Horatio Clifford Claypool ( born February 9, 1859 in McArthur, Ohio; † January 19, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1915, and again from 1917 to 1919, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Horatio Claypool was the father of Congressman Harold K. Claypool (1886-1958) and a cousin of John B. Peterson (1850-1944), who represented the State of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives. He attended the common schools and then to 1880 the Normal School in Lebanon. After a subsequent law degree in 1882 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Chillicothe in this profession. From 1899 to 1903 he was a prosecutor in the local Ross County; 1905-1910, he served there as an estate judge. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1910, Claypool in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Albert Douglas on March 4, 1911. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1915 two legislative sessions. In 1913 the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. In 1914 Claypool lost to Edwin D. Ricketts. In the 1916 elections, he was re-elected in the eleventh district of his state in Congress, where he Ricketts replaced again on March 4, 1917. Since he lost this in 1918 again, he could just spend another term in the U.S. House of Representatives until March 3, 1919. This period was largely shaped by the events of the First World War.

After the end of his time in Congress Horatio Claypool again practiced as a lawyer in Chillicothe. He died on January 19, 1921 in Columbus, and was buried in Chillicothe.