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Clement Laird Vallandigham

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Clement Laird Vallandigham, American congressman. member Ohio Legislature, 1845-1846; member United States House of Representatives from Ohio, 35th-37th congresses, May 25, 1858-1863, offered series resolutions in 37th Congress in which he argued against use of war in preserving Union.

Background

Vallandigham, Clement Laird was born on July 29, 1820 in New Lisbon, Ohio, United States. Son of Review Clement and Rebecca (Laird) Vallandigham.

Education

Attended Jefferson College, Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, 1837-1840.

Career

Admitted to Ohio bar, 1842. Member Ohio Legislature, 1845-1846. Editor Dayton (O.) Empire, 1847-1849.

Delegate National Democratic Convention, 1856, 68. Member United States House of Representatives from Ohio, 35th-37th congresses, May 25, 1858-1863, offered series resolutions in 37th Congress in which he argued against use of war in preserving Union. Secretary National Democratic Convention, 1860.

Arrested in Dayton, 1863, tried for treason, convicted but released by President Lincoln. Worked for peace organization in Northern cities, 1863-1864.

Membership

Member Ohio Legislature, 1845-1846. Member United States House of Representatives from Ohio, 35th-37th congresses, May 25, 1858-1863, offered series resolutions in 37th Congress in which he argued against use of war in preserving Union.

Connections

Married Louisa A. McMahon, August 27, 1846, 2 children.

father:
Review Clement Vallandigham

mother:
Rebecca (Laird) Vallandigham

spouse:
Louisa A. McMahon