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H. Clay Van Voorhis

Henry Clay Van Voorhis (May 11, 1852 – December 12, 1927) was a United States Congressman from Muskingum Co., Ohio.[1]

Henry Clay Van Voorhis
H. Clay Van Voorhis 1899.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byMichael D. Harter
Succeeded byBeman Gates Dawes
Personal details
Born(1852-05-11)May 11, 1852
Nashport, Ohio
DiedDecember 12, 1927(1927-12-12) (aged 75)
Zanesville, Ohio
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary A. Brown
Alma materDenison University
Cincinnati Law School


He was born to Daniel and Jane (Roberts) Van Voorhis in Nashport, Ohio.

His father moved to Muskingum Co., Ohio from Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1812 with his parents, and became a member of the Ohio Legislature during the Civil War.

Van Voorhis was educated at Denison University in Granville, Ohio and the University of Cincinnati Law School.

In 1873 he moved to Zanesville (county seat of Muskingum County, Ohio at the junction of the Muskingum and Licking Rivers).

In 1875, he married Mary A. Brown, daughter of Judge William A. and Margaret Brown. They had 5 children: Ada V. (married Thomas Wylie), Dollie M.A. (married Robert S. Black), LTG Daniel (who presided over the mechanization of the US Cavalry), John A., and Margaret.

Political careerEdit

When Van Voorhis moved to Zanesville he became involved in the Republican Political Committee Organization. He was admitted to the bar in 1874. In 1892, he was nominated for 53d Congress. He served in 53rd–58th Congresses, for a total of 12 years. During that time he was a member of the Appropriations Committee.


In 1885, Van Voorhis became President of Citizens National Bank of Zanesville Ohio. He relinquished the job as President of "The Old Citizens National Bank" between 1892 and 1905 (while he was in Congress), and was reelected to the post in 1905.


  • Zanesville and Muskingum County Ohio. Thomas W. Lewis, Chicago, Ill: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1927, 3 vv, pp 1075–8.

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