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Jay Ford Laning (May 15, 1853 – September 1, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Jay Ford Laning
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909
Preceded byAmos R. Webber
Succeeded byWilliam Graves Sharp
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 3, 1894 – January 2, 1898
Preceded byHarlan L. Stewart
Succeeded byJohn Mitchell
Personal details
Born(1853-05-15)May 15, 1853
New London, Ohio
DiedSeptember 1, 1941(1941-09-01) (aged 88)
Norwalk, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBaldwin-Wallace College

Born in New London, Ohio, Laning attended the public schools, the Savannah (Ohio) Academy, and Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in May 1875 and commenced practice in New London. Laning was the local Justice of the Peace from 1875 to 1881, and served as a member of the village council in 1876.

He moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in January 1882, where he practiced law until 1885 and then engaged in the publishing business. He served as a member of the city council 1887-1889, and was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1894 to 1898. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904 and 1908.

Laning was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909). He was renominated in 1908, but withdrew and resumed the publishing business in Norwalk. He then devoted his time to the writing, editing, and publishing of law books and school textbooks.

J. Ford Laning died in Norwalk on September 1, 1941, and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


  • Laning, J.F. (1896). "The Evolution of Ohio Counties". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications. V: 326–350.