John Welch (politician)

John Welch ( * October 28, 1805 in New Athens, Harrison County, Ohio; † August 5, 1891 in Athens, Ohio ) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Welch graduated after elementary school, the Franklin College. In 1828 he settled in Rome in Athens County, where he was active in the mill business. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in 1833 to work in Athens in this profession. From 1841 to 1843 he was a prosecutor in Athens County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. From 1845 to 1847 he sat in the Senate of Ohio. In June 1852 he took part in Baltimore as a delegate at the national convention of the Whigs.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Welch 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 Samuel Finley Vinton on March 4, 1851. Since he resigned in 1852 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1853. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Welch practiced as a lawyer again. Between 1862 and 1865 he served as an appellate judge. After that, he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. In the years 1877 and 1878, he served as Chief Justice Chief Justice of his state. He died on August 5, 1891 in Athens, where he was also buried.