John Thomas Wilson

John Thomas Wilson ( born April 16, 1811 in Bell, Highland County, Ohio; † October 6, 1891 in Adams County, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1867 and 1873 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Wilson received only a limited education and worked in the commercial as well as in agriculture. Between November 1861 and November 1862 he was a lieutenant, and then captain of an infantry unit from Ohio, which belonged to the army of the Union during the Civil War. Politically, he joined the Republican Party. Between 1863 and 1866 he sat in the Senate of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1866, Wilson was in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Hezekiah S. Bundy on March 4, 1867. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 three legislative periods. Since 1869 he was chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Until 1869, the work of the Congress was marked by tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment.

In 1872 John Wilson was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was engaged in the processing of loans and mortgages. He died on 6 October 1891 in the hamlet of tranquility near the present village of Seaman, where he was also buried.