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Samuel Finley Vinton
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Birth Date:September 25, 1792
Astrology Sign:Libra
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Died Date:May 11, 1862

Occupation:US Politician

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Samuel Finley Vinton

Biography:Samuel Finley Vinton (September 25, 1792-May 11, 1862) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio from March 4, 1823 to March 4, 1837 and again from March 4, 1843 to March 4, 1851.

Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Vinton was the son of Abiatha and Sarah (Day) Vinton. He graduated from Williams College in 1814 paying his way through school by teaching. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Connecticut in 1816. He then moved to southern Ohio and practiced law in Gallipolis. There he married Romaine Madeleine Bureau in 1824. She died in 1831 after producing a son and a daughter.

After holding various local offices, he was elected to the Eighteenth Congress on a non-partisan ballot. Vinton was re-elected to the Nineteenth, Twentieth, Twenty-first, Twenty-second, Twenty Third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. In the Twenty-third Congress he was an Anti-Jacksonian Democrat and in the Twenty-fourth and succeeding Congresses he was a Whig.

He did not seek re-election in 1836, returning to Ohio to his successful practice of law. However, he returned to Congress in 1843, again as a Whig. In his second service in Congress, he was a member of the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Congresses. He was noted for his service on the Public Lands Committee, helping to create the United States Department of the Interior, and, as Thomas Ewing put it, had "more influence in the House of Representatives, much more, than any other man in it." He was an authority on parliamentary procedure and in the Thirtieth Congress, he declined the Speakership but took the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee instead.

President Millard Fillmore offered him the post of Secretary of the Interior, but he declined. He did not run for re-election in 1850, instead running for Governor of Ohio as a Whig in 1851. In 1853, he became president of the Cleveland and Toledo Railroad, retiring the next year to Washington, D.C..

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to appraise the value of slaves freed in the District of Columbia. He died in Washington that year and was buried in Gallipolis, Ohio.

His daughter, Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren was a writer. Vinton County, Ohio and Vinton, Ohio are named for him.

Preceded by: None U.S. Representative from Ohio, 7th District 1823-1833 Succeeded by: William Allen Preceded by: William Creighton, Jr. U.S. Representative from Ohio, 6th District 1833-1837 Succeeded by: Calvary Morris Preceded by: Joshua Mathiot U.S. Representative from Ohio, 12th District 1843-1851 Succeeded by: John Welch This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Birthday: September 25, 1792

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