John Carey (congressman)

John Carey (April 5, 1792 – March 17, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio for one term from 1859 to 1861.

John Carey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byLawrence W. Hall
Succeeded byWarren P. Noble
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Marion & Crawford county district
In office
December 1, 1828 – December 6, 1829
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byRobert Hopkins
In office
December 5, 1836 – December 3, 1837
Serving with Otway Curry
Preceded byJames H. Godman
Succeeded byOtway Curry
Stephen Fowler
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Delaware & Crawford county district
In office
December 4, 1843 – December 1, 1844
Serving with William Smart
Preceded byGeorge W. Sharp
I. E. James
Succeeded byJames B. Shaw
Personal details
Born(1792-04-05)April 5, 1792
Monongalia County, Virginia
DiedMarch 17, 1875(1875-03-17) (aged 82)
Carey, Ohio
Resting placeSpring Grove Cemetery, Carey, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorcas Wilcox


Born in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), Carey moved with his parents to the Northwest Territory in 1798. He served under General William Hull in the War of 1812. He served as associate judge 1825–1832. He was appointed Indian agent at the Wyandotte Reservation in 1829. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1828, 1836, and 1843. Presidential elector in 1840 for Harrison/Tyler.[1] Promoter and first president of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, from Sandusky to Dayton, about 1845. He is the namesake of the town of Carey, Ohio.[2]

Carey was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861). He died in Carey, Ohio, March 17, 1875. He was interred in the family burial ground on the home farm. He was reinterred in 1919 in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, Ohio.


John Carey was the second son and third child of Stephen Brown Carey and Sarah Mitten Carey.[3] He married Dorcas Wilcox (1790-1867), of Worthington, Ohio, on January 9, 1817.[4] She was a native of Connecticut.[5] They had six children named Napoleon Bonaparte Carey (1818-1846), MacDonnough Monroe Carey (1820-1895), Emma Marie Carey (1822-1842), Eliza Anne Carey Kinney (1824-1904), Cinderella Carey Brown (1826-1892), and Dorcas Carey Dow (1830-1909).[6]


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 193
  2. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 23.
  3. ^ Kinney Grimes 2010 : 2
  4. ^ Kinney Grimes 2010 : 109
  5. ^ Kinney Grimes 2010 : 30
  6. ^ Kinney Grimes 2010 : 110-115


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1859–March 3, 1861
Succeeded by