William H. Upson

William Hanford Upson ( born January 11, 1823 in Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio, † April 13, 1910 in Akron, Ohio) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1869 and 1873 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Upson attended Tallmadge Academy and thereafter until 1842, the Western Reserve College in Hudson. After studying law at Yale College, in Painesville and his 1845 was admitted to the bar in 1846, he began to work in Akron in this profession. Between 1848 and 1850 he was a prosecutor in the local Summit County. From 1853 to 1855 he sat in the Senate of Ohio. He joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In the years 1864 and 1876, he participated as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions, to which Abraham Lincoln and Rutherford B. Hayes was nominated as the presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1868 Upson was in the 18th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Rufus P. Spalding on March 4, 1869. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 two legislative sessions. Since 1871 he was chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified. 1872 renounced William Upson on another candidacy.

In 1883 he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio; 1884 to 1894 he was Judge of the Circuit Court of Ohio. He then practiced again as a private lawyer. He died on April 13, 1910 in Akron, where he was also buried.