Jonathan T. Updegraff

Jonathan Taylor Updegraff ( born May 13, 1822 in Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio; † November 30, 1882 ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. From March 4, 1879 until his death he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 16th and 18th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Jonathan Updegraff was a descendant of Abraham Isacks op den Graeff, who belonged to the so-called "Original 13", the first closed group of German emigrants to America. Jonathan was born the son of David Updegraff, a Quaker minister, and as the grandson of Nathan Updegraff, Delegate of Ohio 's first Constitutional Convention in Mount Pleasant. There he attended the school. He then studied medicine. In 1845 he completed his studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He then worked as a doctor. During the American Civil War, he served in the U.S. Army. Between 1872 and 1873 collected Updegraff first experience in political life, he served in the Senate from Ohio. In 1872, he was also a member of the Electoral College. In 1876, he was then delegate to the Republican National Convention.

1878 Updegraff was first elected to the 18th District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1880 he was elected to the House again in the 18th district. On November 30, 1882 during his second term of office, Updegraff died in his native city.