Aaron Harlan

Aaron Harlan

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1853  March 4, 1859
Preceded by Nelson Barrere
Succeeded by Thomas Corwin
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Greene County district
In office
December 3, 1832  December 1, 1833
Preceded by Simeon Dunn
Succeeded by J. A. Scott
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Fayette, Madison & Greene Counties district
In office
December 3, 1838  December 6, 1840
Preceded by John Arbuckle
Succeeded by inactive
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Clinton, Greene & Warren Counties district
In office
December 3, 1849  December 1, 1850
Preceded by Franklin Corwin
Succeeded by David Linton
Personal details
Born (1802-09-08)September 8, 1802
Warren County, Ohio
Died January 8, 1868(1868-01-08) (aged 65)
San Francisco, California
Political party Whig
Other political
Opposition, Republican

Aaron Harlan (September 8, 1802 – January 8, 1868) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, cousin of Andrew Jackson Harlan.

Born in Warren County, Ohio, Harlan attended a public school, and later attended a law school. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in Xenia, Ohio, in 1825. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1832 and 1833, and he served in the Ohio Senate in 1838, 1839, and 1849. He moved to a farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1841 and continued the practice of law. He was a Presidential elector in 1844 for Clay/Frelinghuysen.[1] He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850. He served as member of the board of trustees of Antioch College in 1852.

Harlan was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress, reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, and elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1859). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress and in 1861 to fill a vacancy in the Thirty-seventh Congress. He resumed the practice of law and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Yellow Springs. He served as lieutenant colonel of the Ninety-fourth Regiment of Minutemen of Ohio in 1862.

Harlan moved to San Francisco, California, in 1864 and resided there until his death on January 8, 1868. He was interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nelson Barrere
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Corwin
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