J. Ford Laning

Jay Ford Laning ( born May 15, 1853 in New London, Huron County, Ohio; † September 1, 1941 in Norwalk, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1909 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


J. Ford Laning attended the common schools and the Savannah Academy, also in Ohio. After he graduated from the Baldwin University in Berea. After studying law and his 1875 was admitted to the bar he began in New London to work in this profession. From 1875 to 1881 he officiated there as a justice of the peace. In 1876 he was a member of the council of New London. In January 1882 he moved to Norwalk, where he practiced until 1885 as a lawyer. Then he went into the publishing business. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. From 1887 to 1889 he sat on the city council of Norwalk; and from 1893 to 1897 he was a member of the Senate of Ohio. In 1904 and 1908 he was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions, where Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft was nominated as the presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1906 Laning in the 14th electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Amos R. Webber on March 4, 1907. In 1908, he was set up by his party for re-election; he declined the nomination from then but. Therefore, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1909. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Laning again worked in publishing. He also dealt with the law and school books that he wrote new, revised and published. He died on September 1, 1941 in Norwalk, where he was also buried.