John J. Lentz

John Jacob Lentz (* January 27, 1856 in St. Clairsville, Ohio; † July 27, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1901 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Lentz attended the common schools and St. Clairsville High School. After that, he taught for four years even as a teacher. In 1877 he graduated from the National Normal University in Lebanon. This was followed up in 1878 to study at the University of Wooster. Until 1882 he continued his studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor continues. After a subsequent law degree at Columbia University in New York City and his 1883 was admitted as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. In 1894 he founded the American Insurance Union, which he was president until his death. He also served as curator of the Ohio University in Athens.

Politically Lentz was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1896 he was in the twelfth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Republican David K. Watson on March 4, 1897. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1901 two legislative sessions. In this time of the Spanish-American War was from 1898. In 1900 he was not re-elected.

In July 1908 Lentz participated in Denver as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In the following years he made in different states of advertising for the ratification of the 18th and the 19th Amendment. By 1915, he still practiced as a lawyer; then he worked in the insurance industry. He died on 27 July 1931 in Columbus, where he was also buried.