Edward Follansbee Noyes
EDWARD FOLLANSBEE NOYES was born
October 3,1832, at Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was orphaned at age three and in
his youth served as a printer's apprentice. He worked his way through Dartmouth
College, graduating fourth in a class of fifty-seven. After graduation he
visited a classmate in Cincinnati and decided to stay to study law at the
Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1858. He practiced law in Cincinnati until
the start of the Civil War, when he became a major in the 39th Ohio Volunteers,
a regiment from Hamilton County. He campaigned in Missouri with the 39th Ohio in
the operations around New Madrid and Island Number Ten on the Mississippi River.
On October 1,1862, he became colonel of the regiment and soon after took part in
the battles at luka and Corinth, Mississippi. After joining in Grant's Vicksburg
campaign, his regiment was assigned to garrison duty in middle Tennessee. Noyes
was a regimental commander in Sherman's Atlanta campaign when he suffered a
severe wound on July 4,1864, that required amputation of a leg. While still on
crutches, he requested an assignment and was given command of Camp Dennison. He
was named a brevet brigadier general of volunteers for meritorious service on
March 13,1865, and resigned from the army on April 22,1865. General Noyes then
became city solicitor of Cincinnati and was elected judge of the probate court
of Hamilton County in October 1866.
In the fall of 1871, General Noyes, a Republican, was elected the thirtieth governor of Ohio. He was defeated for re-election in 1873, but in 1876 he served as national campaign manager for Rutherford B. Hayes in his successful bid for the presidency. He was then named United States Minister to France from 1877 to 1881, when he returned to Cincinnati and resumed his law practice, serving also a term as judge of the Superior Court His distinguished and eventful life came to an end in Cincinnati on September 4,1890, shortly before his fifty-eighth birthday.