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Thomas L. Young

Gov. Thomas L. Young

  • March 2, 1877 - January 14, 1878
  • Republican
  • December 14, 1832
  • July 20, 1888
  • Other
  • Cincinnati Law School
  • Married three times; eight children
  • Succeeded
  • Representative
  • Army


THOMAS L. YOUNG, the thirty-third governor of Ohio, was born in Killyleagh, Ireland on December 14, 1832. His early education was attained in the common schools of Ireland. He later attended the public schools in New York City, where his family immigrated to around 1842. Young had a long career in the military, starting with his enlistment in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. He also served as major of the 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. After his military service, he earned a law degree from the Cincinnati Law School in 1865. Young first entered politics as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, a position he held from 1866 to 1868. He also served as the recorder of Hamilton County in 1867; was the supervisor of the internal revenue in 1868; and served as a delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention. From 1871 to 1873 he was a member of the Ohio State Senate; and from 1875 to 1877 he served as the lieutenant governor of Ohio. On March 2, 1877 Governor Rutherford B. Hayes resigned from office, and Young, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, a railroad worker’s strike was successfully dealt with. After leaving the governorship, Young was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, an office he held from 1879 to 1883. In his last position, Young served on the Cincinnati Board of Public Affairs, a post he held from 1886 until 1888. Governor Thomas L. Young passed away on July 20, 1888 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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