EDWARD F. NOYES, the thirtieth governor of Ohio, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on October 3, 1832. After the death of his parents, Noyes went to live with his grandfather in New Hampshire, where he learned the printing trade. He later attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1857, and then continued his education at Cincinnati Law School, earning a law degree in 1858. During the Civil War, he organized a volunteer regiment and was commissioned a major. He fought in the battle at Ruff’s Mills, where he was seriously wounded. After his military service, he became involved in politics. From 1865 to 1866 he served as the city solicitor of Cincinnati; and in 1866 he won election to the probate judgeship of Hamilton County. Noyes next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1871 general election. During his tenure, election laws were improved; fish conservation measures were promoted; the state’s pardon system was studied; and coalmine inspection laws were strengthened. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Noyes retired briefly from politics. In 1877 he secured an appointment to serve as the U.S. minister to France, a post he held four years. He also served on the Cincinnati superior court bench from 1889 to 1890. Governor Edward F. Noyes passed away on September 4, 1890, and was buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.
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