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Encyclopedia > William Dennison (Ohio governor)
William Dennison
Born November 23, 1815
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died June 15, 1882

William Dennison, Jr. (November 23, 1815June 15, 1882) was a Whig and Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 24th Governor of Ohio. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1659x2000, 839 KB)TITLE: Gov. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... The Battle of New Orleans 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Cincinnati is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States that lies on the Ohio River and is the county seat of Hamilton CountyGR6. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... The Battle of New Orleans 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Whig Party banner from 1848 with candidates Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. ... -1... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... Ohio Governors Ohio was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803. ...


Born in Cincinnati, Dennison graduated from Miami University, studied law, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1840. A canny businessman, he led the Exchange Bank and the Columbus and Xenia Railroad, and organized the Hocking Valley Railroad, while becoming active in politics. Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... Miami University, founded in 1809, is the second oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains after Ohio University. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Dennison was one of the first major Ohio politicians to leave the dying Whig Party for the new Republican Party. He rose quickly through the party ranks due to his anti-slavery and anti-discrimination efforts in the Ohio State Senate. Dennison was elected to the governorship in 1859, defeating Rufus P. Ranney, and served a single term from 1860 to 1862. Before the outbreak of the American Civil War, he refused the demands of Kentucky and Virginia state authorities for the extradition of fugitive slaves or the punishment of those who helped them. He organized Ohio's mobilization in the opening days of the war, and was generally effective, despite having a small staff and no prior military experience. Without being asked by the War Department, he sent Ohio troops into western Virginia, where they guarded the Wheeling convention which eventually led to the admission of West Virginia as a free state. The Ohio Senate is the upper house in Ohios bicameral legislature, the Ohio General Assembly; the lower house is the Ohio House of Representatives. ... 1859 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The American Civil War (1861–1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America, between twenty-four mostly northern states of the Union and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the... State nickname: Bluegrass State Official languages English Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) Senators Mitch McConnell (R) Jim Bunning (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 37th 104,749 km² 1. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Official languages English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D-Governor Elect) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 7. ... War Department may refer to the military establishments of several different countries: British War Department Confederate War Department United States Department of War, under the leadership of the United States Secretary of War (until 1947) See also: defense minister This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... State nickname: Old Dominion Official languages English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D-Governor Elect) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 7. ... Wheeling is the name of some places in the United States of America: Wheeling, Illinois Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling is also a form of torture: Wheeling Wheeling is also a technique for the cold forming of sheet metal into complex shapes. ... State nickname: Mountain State Official languages English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Governor Joe Manchin (D) Senators Robert Byrd (D) Jay Rockefeller (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 0. ...


However, errors by the Governor and his subordinates led the state's alliance of Republicans and War Democrats to drop Dennison as a candidate in 1862. The parties turned instead to David Tod, a War Democrat. Historian Richard H. Abbott wrote, "No Ohio chief executive [before Dennison] had ever exercised such powers and fulfilled such duties with a greater sense of public responsibility and determination. Nevertheless...politics dictated his demise." 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... David Tod (February 21, 1805 - November 13, 1868) was a politician from Ohio. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ...


Dennison accepted this turn of events with good grace, capably advised his successor, and provided valuable services in helping recruit black troops for Ohio units. He was appointed U.S. Postmaster General by President Abraham Lincoln, and served from 1864-1866, leaving the Cabinet after he decided he could no longer support the policies of President Andrew Johnson. Dennison remained active in state and national politics until his death. He left behind a widow and seven children. The Postmaster General is the executive head of the United States Postal Service. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. ... 1864 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1866 is a common year starting on Monday. ... A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875) was the sixteenth Vice President (1865) and the seventeenth President of the United States (1865–1869), succeeding to the presidency upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. ...


Of Dennison's single term in the opening stages of the Civil War, historian John S. Stilt wrote, "His wisdom and foresight were appreciated by few and condemned by many.... It is doubtful whether any of his predecessors could have met the isues any more successfully."


Dennison tried but failed to be elected to the United States Senate in 1861, when he was defeated by John Sherman, and in 1880, when he was defeated by James Garfield. Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... John Sherman John Sherman (May 10, 1823–October 22, 1900) was a Senator from Ohio and a member of the United States Cabinet. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 - September 19, 1881) was the 20th (1881) President of the United States, the first left-handed President, and the second U.S. President to be assassinated. ...

Preceded by:
Salmon P. Chase
Governor of Ohio
18601862
Succeeded by:
David Tod
Preceded by:
Montgomery Blair
United States Postmaster General
18641866
Succeeded by:
Alexander W. Randall

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William Dennison, Jr. (632 words)
Ohio governor William Dennison, Jr., was born in Cincinnati on November 23, 1815.
Dennison was an early participant in the newly formed Republican Party and attended the national convention in 1856 as an Ohio delegate.
Dennison continued to be prominent within the Republican Party and was chosen as the chairman of the Republican National Convention of 1864.
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