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BARTLEY, Mordecai

1783–1870

Biography

BARTLEY, Mordecai, a Representative from Ohio; born in Fayette County, Pa., December 16, 1783; attended school in Virginia; moved to Ohio in 1809 and settled in Jefferson County; served in the War of 1812 as captain and was promoted to adjutant; settled on a farm in Richland County in 1814 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State senate in 1817 and 1818; elected register of the land office of Virginia military district school lands in 1818 and served until his resignation in 1823, having been elected to Congress; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, as an Adams to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses, and as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1831); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830; resumed agricultural pursuits; moved to Mansfield in 1834 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; Governor of Ohio 1844-1846; declined reelection and again engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio, October 10, 1870; interment in Mansfield Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1845, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Finley Vinton to Mordecai Bartley written on November 24, 1845. In the letter, Samuel Vinton writes concerning legal matters.

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: 1826-1846, 0.5 cubic foot. The papers of Mordecai Bartley contain chiefly correspondence, recommendations, appointments, and fugitive requisitions covering Mordecai Bartley's governorship, 1845-46. Includes material on banks, canal maintenance, Ohio Penitentiary, and race relations in Mercer Co., Ohio.
Papers: In the John Trafford Brasee Papers, 1828-1898, 1.5 cubic feet. Other authors include Mordecai Bartley.
Papers: In the Samuel Williams Papers, 1805-1912, 11 cubic feet. Other authors include Mordecai Bartley.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Smith, S. Winifred. "Mordecai Bartley, 1844-1846." In Governors of Ohio, pp. 53-56. Ohio Historical Society, 1954.

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