Elisha Bassett Langdon

Taken in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton County.

ELISHA BASSETT LANGDON was born February 24,1827, in the Cincinnati suburb of Linwood. He attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, but did not graduate. He became interested in politics and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives as a Democrat He then studied law in the office of William Groesbeck and was admitted to the bar. Later he was elected to the Ohio Senate. At the outbreak of the Civil War he, along with many other War Democrats, supported the Union. He became a major in the est Ohio Volunteers, the first Ohio regiment to be mustered into the volunteer army, and in less than a year became the regiment's lieutenant-colonel. He served in most of the sanguinary and great battles in the West: Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. At the end of the war he was named a brevet brigadier general and was given the federal position of assessor of internal revenue for the first district of Ohio. General Langdon was highly respected by both Republicans and Democrats and was almost certain of victory as the Republican candidate for governor of Ohio in the fall elections of 1867. But General Langdon, who had never completely recovered from the wounds he suffered during the war, died suddenly in Cincinnati on May 30,1867, at age forty. After his death, the Republican party was compelled to select another candidate for governor and they turned to Cincinnati Congressman Rutherford B. Hayes, who went on to serve two terms as governor of Ohio and eventually was elected the nineteenth President of the United States.

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. As an attorney, he became interested in politics was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives as a Democrat and later was elected to the Ohio Senate. At the outbreak of the Civil War he supported the Union and became a Major in the Ohio Volunteers, the first Ohio regiment to be mustered into the volunteer army in 1861. By July 1862, he was Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Ohio Regiment and served as inspector-general, Army of the Cumberland at the Stones River campaign, December 1862 to January 1863. He saw action in the West at, Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga and was wounded at Missionary Ridge. For his war service he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. At the end of the war he was given the federal position of assessor of internal revenue for the first district of Ohio. In 1867, he was elected as the Republican candidate for the governor of Ohio elections but died suddenly at age 40 from complications of the wounds he suffered during the war. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

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