Ralph Pomeroy Buckland

Ralph Pomeroy Buckland ( born January 20, 1812 in Leyden, Franklin County, Massachusetts, † May 27, 1892 in Fremont, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1869 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his birth year drew Ralph Buckland with his parents to Ravenna, Ohio, where he later attended the public schools. After he graduated from the Academy and the Tallmadge Kenyon College in Gambier. After a subsequent law degree in 1837 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Fremont in this profession. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. From 1843 to 1845 he served as mayor of Fremont. In June 1848 he took part in Philadelphia as a delegate to the Whig National Convention. Between 1855 and 1859 Buckland sat in the Senate of Ohio. Between 1862 and 1865 he served during the civil war in the army of the Union. He took part in several battles and campaigns, and rose from colonel to brigadier general on. Later he was promoted to brevet major general. On January 6, 1865, he retired from the military service. Politically he joined after the dissolution of the Whigs founded in 1854 the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1864 Buckland was in the ninth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Warren P. Noble on March 4, 1865. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1869 two legislative sessions. Since 1865 the work of the Congress was marked by tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson. in a narrowly failed impeachment proceedings culminated. In the years 1865 and 1868 the 13th and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

1868 renounced Buckland on another candidacy. After time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In June 1876 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cincinnati, was nominated at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Candidate. From 1877 to 1880 he was one of the Union Pacific Railroad directors. In the presidential election of 1884, he served as a Republican elector who voted for the defeated candidate James G. Blaine. Buckland was also co-founder of the Bar Association in Sandusky County, which he chaired for many years. He died on 27 May 1892 in Fremont, where he was also buried.