Thomas Welles Bartley

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Thomas Welles Bartley  was serving practicing law at the time he had William Rosecrans drive him to Columbus from Mansfield.  Later he served in the Ohio House of Representatives (1839-41), the Ohio Senate (1841-45)and became speaker of  the Senate in 1843.

When Wilson Shannon resigned as Governor of Ohio on April 15, 1844, to take a diplomatic appointment, Bartley became Governor while concurrently remaining in the Senate. He served out the remainder of Shannon's term until December 3. Bartley sought renomination under the Democratic Party, but lost at the state convention by a single vote - avoiding a contest against his father, who accepted the Whig nomination. Bartley later served a contentious term on the State Supreme Court from 1852-1859.

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