Nelson H. Van Vorhes

Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes ( born January 23, 1822 Washington County, Pennsylvania, † December 4, 1882 in Athens, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1879 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1832 came Nelson Van Vorhes in Athens County, Ohio, where he worked in agriculture. About his education nothing is handed down. He completed a six -year apprenticeship in the printing trade and was then in the newspaper business operates. Between 1844 and 1861 he published the newspaper Athens Messenger, whose owner he was. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1850 and 1872 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. For four years he was president of this chamber. First, he was a member of the Whig Party; after its dissolution he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In 1854, Van Vorhes was elected restructuring judge. But from this position he resigned soon. In 1858 he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives. Two years later he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated on the Abraham Lincoln as a presidential candidate. During the Civil War he served 1861-1863 in the army of the Union, where he rose to colonel. In 1863, he had to acknowledge the military service for health reasons.

In the congressional elections of 1874 Van Vorhes in the 15th electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William P. Sprague on March 4, 1875. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 two legislative sessions. In 1878, he was not confirmed. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Van Vorhes is no longer politically have appeared. He died on December 4, 1882 in Athens, where he was also buried.