Mordecai Bartley (December 16, 1783 – October 10, 1870) was a Whig politician from Ohio. He served as the 18th Governor of Ohio. Bartley succeeded his son, Thomas W. Bartley as governor, one of only a few instances of this happening in the United States in high offices.
|18th Governor of Ohio|
December 3, 1844 – December 12, 1846
|Preceded by||Thomas W. Bartley|
|Succeeded by||William Bebb|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 14th district
March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1831
|Preceded by||new district|
|Succeeded by||Eleutheros Cooke|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the Coshocton district
December 2, 1816 – December 6, 1818
Serving with Abraham Shane
|Preceded by||William Gavit|
|Succeeded by||John Spencer|
|Born||December 16, 1783|
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 10, 1870 (aged 86)|
|Resting place||Mansfield Cemetery|
Bartley served as a captain, and then an adjutant during the War of 1812. Following his service under General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812, Bartley moved to Richland County, Ohio, near Mansfield. Engaged as a farmer, he served in the Ohio State Senate from 1816 to 1818. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1822, Bartley served four terms before declining to be renominated in 1830.
He ran for governor in 1844 as a Whig after the candidate whom the Whigs had originally nominated, David Spangler, declined the nomination. Bartley served a single term from 1844 to 1846 before retiring once again. While he was Governor, Ohio raised forty companies and 7,000 men for the Mexican–American War.
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