John B. Weller

John B. Weller ( born February 22, 1812 in Montgomery, Hamilton County, Ohio; † August 17, 1875 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician and the fifth Governor of California. He represented this state also in both houses of Congress and was Ambassador of the United States in Mexico.

Early years

Weller grew up in Ohio on, went through elementary school and studied law at the Miami University in Oxford. After graduation, he was admitted to the bar. Between 1833 and 1838 he was district attorney in Butler County.

Political career

In 1838 he was elected as a Democratic Party candidate for Ohio in the House of Representatives of the United States, which he then belonged to 3 March 1845 in three legislative periods. In 1844 he abandoned a bid again. Subsequently, he served in the Mexican-American War. In 1848 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of the Governor of Ohio. The following year he became a member of the Commission, which defined the new border between Mexico and California. Weller took the opportunity to transfer his residence to California to become politically active there. Between 1852 and 1857 he represented the state in the U.S. Senate in Washington. He was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs.

In 1856 he was not re-elected. Therefore, Wells had to give up his seat in Congress on March 3, 1857. Thereafter, he was elected governor of California and in office from 1858 until 1860. Upon retiring from this office he was sent in 1860 for a short time as ambassador to Mexico, but in 1861 recalled again. 1867, Weller to New Orleans and settled there as a lawyer. He died there in 1875.