Philadelph Van Trump

Philadelph Van Trump (* November 15, 1810 in Lancaster, Ohio; † July 31, 1874 ) was an American politician. Between 1867 and 1873 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Philadelph Van Trump attended the common schools and then completed an apprenticeship in the printing trade. Then he gave out two newspapers in Lancaster. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in 1838 to work in Lancaster in this profession. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. In June 1852 he took part in their national convention in Baltimore as a delegate. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the American Party, for which he unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in 1856 for the office of the Governor of Ohio. In 1860 he was a delegate and president of two state conventions in Ohio. Between 1862 and 1867 he served as an appellate judge. In the years 1863, 1864 and 1865, he competed unsuccessfully in each case to a judgeship on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Meanwhile he had joined the Democratic Party. In 1869 he was president of the Regional Congress of Democrats in Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1866 Van Trump 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 William E. Finck on March 4, 1867. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 three legislative periods. 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 the years 1868 and 1870, the 14th and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

1872 Van Trump decided not to further candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again in Lancaster, where he died on 31 July 1874.