Valentine B. Horton

Valentine Baxter Horton ( born January 29, 1802 in Windsor, Vermont; † January 14, 1888 in Pomeroy, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1855 and 1859, and again from 1861 to 1863, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Valentine Horton graduated from the Partridge Military School. After a subsequent law school in Middletown (Connecticut) and his 1830 was admitted to the bar he began in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) to work in this profession. In 1833 he moved his residence and his law firm to Cincinnati and 1835 Pomeroy in Meigs County. At that time, he joined in the coal business and the salt industry. He was also president of the Atlantic and Lake Erie Railway Co. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the 1850s, he first joined the short-lived opposition party founded in 1854 and then the Republican Party. In 1860 he took part in a constitutional convention of his state as a delegate.

In the congressional elections of 1854 Horton was a candidate of the opposition party in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats Thomas Ritchey on March 4, 1855. After a re-election as a Republican, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1859 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events leading up to the Civil War. In 1858 he gave up another candidacy. In the spring of 1861 he was a member of a negotiating committee that sought to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War unsuccessfully in the federal capital, Washington. In the congressional elections of 1860 Horton was re-elected in the eleventh district of his state in Congress, where he replaced Charles D. Martin, March 4, 1861, which was two years before there become his successor. Since he did not run in 1862, he could only spend another term in Congress until March 3, 1863, which was overshadowed by the Civil War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Valentine Horton took his previous activities on again. He was particularly active in the coal business. He died on January 14, 1888 in Pomeroy, where he was also buried.