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John Luther Vance
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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded by Hezekiah S. Bundy
Succeeded by Henry S. Neal
Personal details
Born (1839-07-19)July 19, 1839
Gallipolis, Ohio
Died June 10, 1921(1921-06-10) (aged 81)
Gallipolis, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Emily F. Shepard
Children four
Alma mater Cincinnati Law School
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John Luther Vance (July 19, 1839 - June 10, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.


Vance was born in Gallipolis, Ohio and attended the public schools and Gallia Academy, Ohio.

He graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in April 1861, and was admitted to the bar the same year.

Civil War serviceEdit

He enlisted in April 1861 in the Union Army and served successively as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel in the 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment until he mustered out in December 1864.


After the war he established and published the Gallipolis Bulletin in 1867 and commenced the practice of law in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1870.

He served as delegate to the 1872 Democratic National Convention and was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress and resumed his former newspaper business.

He served as president of the Ohio River Improvement Association from shortly after 1877 until his death.

He died in Gallipolis, Ohio, on June 10, 1921, and was interred in Pine Street Cemetery.

Vance was married to Emily F. Shepard of Gallipolis on October 4, 1866. They had four children.[1]

Vance was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the Grand Army of the Republic.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 465–467. 
  • John L. Vance at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-11-05

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