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Lorenzo Danford (October 18, 1829 – June 19, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Lorenzo Danford
Lorenzo Danford.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byJohn Bingham
Succeeded byWilliam McKinley
In office
March 4, 1895 – June 19, 1899
Preceded byAlbert J. Pearson
Succeeded byJoseph J. Gill
Personal details
Born(1829-10-18)October 18, 1829
Belmont County, Ohio
DiedJune 19, 1899(1899-06-19) (aged 69)
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Resting placeFriends Cemetery, St. Clairsville
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Annie H. Cook
Mary Adams
Alma materWaynesburg University

Born in Washington Township, Belmont County, Ohio, Danford attended the common schools and a college at Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, for two years. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, in September 1854, and commenced practice there. He served as presidential elector on the American Party ticket in 1856. He served as prosecuting attorney of Belmont County from 1857 to 1861, when he resigned to enlist in the Fifteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as a private. Commissioned a lieutenant and later a captain, he served until honorably discharged in August 1864. He resumed the practice of his profession in St. Clairsville.

Presidential elector for Lincoln/Johnson in 1864.[1]

Danford was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1878. He resumed the practice of his profession.

Presidential elector in 1892 for Harrison/Reid.[2]

Danford was elected to the Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his death in St. Clairsville, Ohio, June 19, 1899. He served as chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization (Fifty-fifth Congress). Sources state that Lorenzo Danford was interred in the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery when in fact Friends Cemetery in St. Clairsville, Ohio on East Newell Avenue. His wife Mary (Adams) Danford was interred next to him.

Mr. Danford was first married on October 7, 1858, to Annie H. Cook, of Jefferson County, Ohio, who died October 24, 1867. On October 27, 1870, he was married to Mary M. Adams, of St. Clairsville.[3]

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Lorenzo Danford (id: D000028)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ Smith 1898 : 196
  2. ^ Taylor 1899 : vol. 2, 136
  3. ^ History of the Upper Ohio Valley. 2. 1890. pp. 629–630.

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