Henry Blackstone Banning
HENRY BLACKSTONE BANNING was born November 10,1834, at Banning Mills, Ohio. He was graduated from Kenyon College and began law practice in Mount Vernon, Ohio. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered as a private, but soon was elected captain of his company and then colonel of the 87th Ohio. He took part in the battles of Rich Mountain, Romney, Blue Gap, Winchester, Cross Keys, Chickamauga, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Rome, Kennesaw Mountain, Dallas, Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, and Nashville. For these extensive services he was named brevet brigadier general and a brevet major general.
General Banning resigned from the army January 21, 1865, to take a seat as member of the Ohio House of Representatives. In 1869 he moved from Mount Vernon to Cincinnati and established a law practice. He was elected a representative to the United States Congress, serving three terms, from 1873 to 1879. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1878 and for reelection in 1880, so he resumed his law practice in Cincinnati. He died December 10, 1881, at age forty-seven.