John C. Lee

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John Calvin Lee
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9th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 13, 1868 – January 8, 1872
Governor Rutherford B. Hayes
Preceded by Andrew McBurney
Succeeded by Jacob Mueller
Personal details
Born (1828-01-07)January 7, 1828
Delaware County, Ohio
Died March 24, 1891(1891-03-24) (aged 63)
Toledo, Ohio
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Western Reserve College
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service September 11, 1861
-August 27, 1864
Rank Brevet Brigadier General
Unit 55th Ohio Infantry
164th Ohio Infantry

John Calvin Lee (January 7, 1828 – March 24, 1891) was an American Republican politician who served as the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1868 to 1872.[1]


Lee was born January 7, 1828 at Brown Township, Delaware County, Ohio. He received a public education and attended Central College Franklin County for one year, went to Western Reserve College in 1845 and graduated in 1848.[2] He taught school for two years, then began study of law at Atwater, Ohio, where he was admitted to the bar July 6, 1852. He ran for Common Pleas Judge in 1857, but lost.[2]

War years

Whitelaw Reid wrote this of Lee's service:

John C Lee was residing at Tiffin, at the beginning of the rebellion, engaged in successful practice of the law. On the 25th of November, 1861, he was commissioned Colonel of the Fifty-Fifth Ohio Infantry, and soon after was ordered to West Virginia. He served for a short time as president of a court-martial convened by order of General Rosecrans at Charleston, and then joined his regiment at Romney. Being the senior officer he was placed in command of the district of South Potomac by General Schenck. He marched under Schenck to the relief of Milroy at McDowell in May, 1862. He also participated in the Shenandoah Campaign which culminated in the Battle of Cross Keys. He was in the battles of Freeman's Ford, White Sulphur Springs, Warrenton, Bristow's Station, New Baltimore, New Market, Thoroughfare Gap, Gainesville, Chantilly, and the Second Bull Run, in all of which he received the special commendation of his superior officers. At Chancellorsville, in 1863, he was on the right when the enemy made such a furious assault on the eleventh corps, and by his determined efforts, aided by Orland Smith of the Seventy-Third Ohio and McGroarty of the Sixty-First, did much to stay the tide of Rebel success. On the account of severe illness in his family General Lee unwillingly tendered his resignation, which was received May 18, 1863. When the National Guard was called out he was commissioned Colonel of the One Hundred and Sixty-Fourth Ohio, which did service around the fortifications of Washington. He was mustered out August 27, 1864, and was brevetted Brigadier-General March 1865.

— Whitelaw Reid, 1895[3]

Political career

In 1867, General Lee was nominated for Lieutenant Governor after Samuel Galloway declined the nomination. He won that year,[4] and again in 1869.[5]

In 1868, Lee was Delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention, and in 1872 Presidential Elector-at-large. In 1877 he was appointed United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, for the term ending 1881.[2][6]


He died at Toledo on March 24, 1891,[7] and is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Tiffin.[8]


  1. "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Smith 1898 : 241
  3. Reid 1895 : 972
  4. 1867 election Lee 243,468 Democrat Daniel S. Uhl 240,845 from Smith 1898 : 238
  5. 1869 election Lee 236,297 Thomas J. Godfrey 228,269 from Smith 1898 : 268
  6. "U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio". United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Retrieved 2012-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Center for Archival Collections : Northwest Ohio in the Civil War". Bowling Green State University. Retrieved 2012-02-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. John C. Lee at Find a Grave

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew McBurney
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Jacob Mueller