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John Wesley Hoyt


John Wesley Hoyt, American governor. member Wyo.


Hoyt, John Wesley was born on October 13, 1831 in near Worthington, Ohio, United States. Son of Joab and Judith (Hawley) Hoyt.


Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1849, A.M., 1852. Studied Cincinnati Law school and Ohio Medical College. Doctor of Medicine Eclectic Medical Institute, 1853.

(Doctor of Laws, University of Missouri, 1876).


Professor chemistry and medical jurisprudence, Eclectic Medical Institute, 1853-1857, Cincinnati College Medicine, 1855-1857. Professor of chemistry, Antioch College, 1855-1857. Took part in forming Republican party and in most of its presidential campaigns.

Publisher and editor agricultural journal, Madison, Wisconsin, 1857-1867. Secretary and manager Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, 1860-1872. Vice president United States Agricultural Society.

State commissioner to London Exposition, 1862. United States commissioner to Paris Exposition, 1867. Reorganizer University of Wisconsin.

Founder, 1870 (president 1870-1877) Wisconsin Academy Sciences, Arts and Letters. Executive and final chief commissioner of the United States to Vienna Exposition, 1873 (president international jury education and science). Wisconsin state railway commissioner, 1874-1876.

Wisconsin commissioner water routes to seaboard. United States commissioner to Centennial Exposition (president international jury education and science). Governor Wyoming, 1878-1883, making peace with the Indians.

President Wyoming Development Company, 1882. President international jury education and science, New Orleans Exposition, 1884-1885. Originated and was trustee Los Angeles & Santa Monica Railway, 1886.

President University of Wyoming, 1887-1890. Founder and first president Wyoming Academy Sciences, Arts and Letters, 1887-1890. Member Wyoming Constitutional Convention, 1890.

Vice president Pan-Republic Congress, 1891. Chairman Russian Famine Relief Committee of the United States. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, 1891.

Special representative for foreign affairs, World’s Columbian Commission, 1893. Commissioner plenipotentiary of Korea to Universal Postal Union, securing Korea’s admission to Union, 1897. Permanent chairman Committee of 400 to Promote National U. Received commander’s cross, Imperial Order Francis Joseph.

Officier de l’Instruction Publique, France. Gold medal from German Government. 2 medallion portraits of Emperor Napoleon III of France (from hand of Emperor himself).

Bronze plate from Japanese Government. Home: Chevy Chase, Washington, Distric.


Member Wyo.


Married Elizabeth Orpha Sampson, 1854.

Joab Hoyt

Judith (Hawley) Hoyt

Elizabeth Orpha Sampson