Mordecai Bartley

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Mordecai Bartley
18th Governor of Ohio
In office
December 3, 1844 – December 12, 1846
Preceded byThomas W. Bartley
Succeeded byWilliam Bebb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1831
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byEleutheros Cooke
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Coshocton district
In office
December 2, 1816 – December 6, 1818
Serving with Abraham Shane
Joseph Wampler
Preceded byWilliam Gavit
Abraham Shane
Succeeded byJohn Spencer
Joseph Wampler
Personal details
Born(1783-12-16)December 16, 1783
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 10, 1870(1870-10-10) (aged 86)
Mansfield, Ohio
Resting placeMansfield Cemetery
Political partyWhig

Mordecai Bartley (December 16, 1783 – October 10, 1870) was a Whig politician from northeastern Ohio. He served as the 18th governor of Ohio. Bartley succeeded his son, Thomas W. Bartley as governor, one of few instances of this happening in the United States in high offices.


Bartley was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. After attending the local school in Virginia, he married Elizabeth Welles in 1804 and moved to Jefferson County, Ohio.[1]

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, Bartley moved to Richland County, Ohio, near Mansfield.

While farming, he was elected and served one term 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.[2]

Bartley was an Ohio Whig Party Presidential elector in 1836 for William Henry Harrison.[3]

He ran for governor in 1844 as a Whig after David Spangler, the original nominee, declined to run. Bartley served a single term from 1844 to 1846 before retiring again. While he was Governor, Ohio raised forty companies and 7,000 men for the Mexican–American War.[4]


  1. ^ Mordecai Bartley at Ohio History Central
  2. ^ "Ohio Governor Mordecai Bartley". National Governors Association. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Taylor 1899: 193
  4. ^ Fess, Simeon D., ed. (1937). Ohio, A four volume reference library on the History of a Great State. Vol. 4. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 91. OCLC 418516.

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