: This 1899 photograph shows John Armor Bingham (1815-1900), an influential political leader who served eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this image the elderly Bingham is sitting in a wicker rocking chair on a front step or porch of a brick building. He has a very large paper document folded and draped over his lap.
Bingham was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, in 1815. He studied at Franklin College, Ohio, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1840. He practice law in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and was the county's district attorney. He was elected to his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the Opposition Party (34th Congress); thereafter he ran as a Republican and was elected to three more consecutive terms. He lost his bid for reelection in 1862. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as judge advocate of the Union Army with the rank of major. In 1865 he again was elected to the House of Representatives and served until 1873. After Lincoln's assassination, Bingham was appointed one of three special judge advocates in charge of the legal proceedings against the accused assassins. He also was appointed a manager of the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Bingham served as minister to Japan from 1873 to 1885. He died in Cadiz, Ohio, in 1900. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Bingham, John Armor, 1815-1900; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Constitutional history--United States; United States--Politics and government--1865-1883 Places
: John A. Bingham