Wilson Shannon ( born February 24, 1802 Belmont County, Ohio; † August 30, 1877 in Lawrence, Kansas ) was an American politician. He was 1838-1840 and the 14th from 1842 to 1844 the 16th Governor of the state of Ohio and 1855-1856 Governor of Kansas Territory.
William Shannon attended Ohio University, Franklin College and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. After a subsequent law degree in 1830 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he practiced in Clairsville.
Prosecutor and Governor of Ohio
In 1832, Shannon applied unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress. Between 1833 and 1835, he was a prosecutor in Belmont County. In 1835 he was chief prosecutor of the State of Ohio (State prosecuting attorney ). In 1838 he was nominated as the candidate of the Democratic Party for the upcoming gubernatorial election and subsequently also elected to this office. He sat down with 51.4 percent of the vote against incumbent Joseph Vance of the Whigs through.
Shannon's first two-year term began on December 31, 1838 and ended on 16 December 1840. In 1840 he missed against Thomas Corwin re-election, but two years later he was a victory over Corwin re-elected to that office. An attempt to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, was previously failed. His second term began on December 14, 1842 and ended on 15 April 1844. During his time as governor of Ohio, the banking system was improved and expanded infrastructure. After he was appointed by President John Tyler to succeed Waddy Thompson to the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, he joined in April 1845 back by the Office of the Governor.
Ambassador and Deputy
The mission in Mexico was not easy because the political development ran up to a war between the United States. By the severance of diplomatic relations in May 1845 Shannon remained at his post in Mexico. After that, he was until 1849 practiced law in Cincinnati. Then he tried for two years with little success his luck on the goldfields in California. From 1853 to 1855 he was a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.
Governor in Kansas Territory
In August 1855 Shannon was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as governor of Kansas Territory. His term was to last only about a year. At that time reached the civil war fighting in this area between the supporters of the Northern and Southern states its sad climax. Shannon himself supported the positions of the South. He was the riots and attacks in the country over makes and idly. Therefore, he submitted in 1856 to the President his resignation in. This had however already before his dismissal has. After Andrew Horatio Reeder Shannon was thus already the second governor of the territory, which was dismissed.
After the end of his time as governor Shannon remained in Kansas. He settled in Lawrence as a lawyer down. Over the years he earned in this profession a good reputation. In Lawrence Shannon is then also died in 1877. He was married twice and had eight children. His brother Thomas was a congressman for the state of Ohio.