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John Luther VANCE

(1839-1921)

VANCE, John Luther, a Representative from Ohio; born in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, July 19, 1839; attended the public schools and Gallia Academy, Ohio; was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in April 1861, and was admitted to the bar the same year; enlisted in April 1861 in the Union Army and served successively as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel in the Fourth Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; mustered out in December 1864; established and published the Gallipolis Bulletin in 1867; commenced the practice of law in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1870; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; resumed his former newspaper pursuits; president of the Ohio River Improvement Association from shortly after 1877 until his death; died in Gallipolis, Ohio, on June 10, 1921; interment in Pine Street Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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