Samuel Medary

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Samuel Medary
3rd Territorial Governor of Minnesota
In office
April 23, 1857 – May 24, 1858
Appointed by James Buchanan
Preceded by Willis A. Gorman
Succeeded by Henry Hastings Sibley
as Governor
6th Territorial Governor of Kansas
In office
December 1858 – December 1860
Preceded by James W. Denver
Succeeded by Charles L. Robinson
as Governor
Personal details
Born (1801-02-25)February 25, 1801
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died November 7, 1864(1864-11-07) (aged 63)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Profession newspaper owner

Samuel Medary (February 25, 1801 – November 7, 1864) was an American newspaper owner and politician.


Born and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, he settled in Bethel, Ohio, in 1825. After a term in the Ohio House of Representatives (1834) and the Ohio State Senate (1836–38) as a Jackson Democrat, he purchased a newspaper in Columbus that became the Ohio Statesman, which he edited until 1857. Active at the National Democratic Conventions at Baltimore in 1844, where he was instrumental in the nomination of James K. Polk; and at Cincinnati in 1856, where he was the President pro tem. President James Buchanan appointed him as the 3rd Territorial Governor of Minnesota from April 23, 1857, to May 24, 1858. Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858, and elected Henry Hastings Sibley.[1]

Samuel Medary was also Governor of Kansas Territory from December 1858 to December 1860. William F. Wheeler was territory Librarian and the Governor's Secretary while in office.

Returning to Columbus, Ohio, he established a newspaper he named The Crisis. While living in Columbus, Medary resided at his estate, Northwood Place, located along the Worthington Pike, now North High Street, near Northwood Avenue. Medary was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1864 for conspiracy against the government and was arrested. He was released on bonds, but died in Columbus, Ohio before he could be tried.


One of the first townsites in Dakota Territory is named after Medary. The town of Medaryville, Indiana was also named after him. In North Columbus, Ohio (annexed to the city of Columbus in the late 1800s) a street dating back to the early 1900s Medary Avenue was named for him. Because Columbus Public Schools names its schools for the street on which they are located, Medary Elementary School also carried his surname.

Medary was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.


  1. Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Index to Politicians: Meaghan to Meek". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved July 20, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
James W. Denver
Territorial Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Charles L. Robinson
Preceded by
Willis A. Gorman
3rd Governor of Minnesota Territory
Succeeded by
Henry Hastings Sibley