John Thomas Wilson

for the Scottish darts champion see Jocky Wilson

John Thomas Wilson (April 16, 1811 – October 6, 1891) was a soldier, attorney and U.S. Representative from Ohio, serving three terms from 1867 to 1873.

John Thomas Wilson
Hon. John T. Wilson, Ohio - NARA - 527371.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byHezekiah S. Bundy
Succeeded byHezekiah S. Bundy
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 4, 1864 – January 5, 1868
Preceded byBenjamin F. Coates
Succeeded byJames Emmett
Personal details
Born(1811-04-16)April 16, 1811
Bell, Highland County, Ohio
DiedOctober 6, 1891(1891-10-06) (aged 80)
Tranquility, Ohio
Resting placeTranquility Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Union Army
Years of service1861-1862
RankUnion army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
UnitOhio 70th Ohio Infantry


Wilson was born in the village of Bell in rural Highland County, Ohio. As a child, he received a limited schooling and did not have a higher education. He engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits.

Civil WarEdit

During the American Civil War, he was appointed as the first lieutenant of Company E, Seventieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry on November 2, 1861. He was discharged as a captain on November 27, 1862.


He was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1863 to 1866 and was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses (serving from March 4, 1867 until March 3, 1873). He was also a chairman on the Committee on Agriculture (Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress.


He died in the village of Tranquillity (near what is now known as Seaman), Adams County, Ohio, at the age of eighty. He is buried in Tranquillity Cemetery. Restored by Ralph and Patricia Alexander, The John T. Wilson Homestead Wilson built and lived in Tranquillity, Ohio still can be visited by the public.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by

History of John T. Wilson