James Myers (politician)

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James Myers
2nd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 9, 1854  January 14, 1856
Governor William Medill
Preceded by William Medill
Succeeded by Thomas H. Ford
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Lucas & other Counties district
In office
December 4, 1848  January 4, 1852
Preceded by Jesse Wheeler
Succeeded by William Mungen
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Lucas County district
In office
January 6, 1862  January 3, 1864
Preceded by Dennis Steele
Succeeded by Lorenze L. Morehouse
Personal details
Born June 1795
Dutchess County, New York
Died July 19, 1864(1864-07-19) (aged 69)
Toledo, Ohio
Resting place Forest Cemetery
Political party Democratic, Unionist

James Myers was an American politician who served as the second Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1854 to 1856.[1]


James Myers was born in June 1795 in Dutchess County, New York of German ancestry. When young, his parents moved to Albany and then Schenectady, where he grew up.[2] During the War of 1812, he volunteered during the summer of 1813, and served on the northern frontier in the winter campaign under general Wade Hampton. The next summer he was stationed at Brooklyn Heights, near New York City.[3]

After the war ended, Myers farmed and engaged in mercantile pursuits.[3] In 1823[3] or 1825,[2] he became collector of tolls at Schenectady on the new Erie Canal, until 1836, when he moved to Toledo, Ohio.

In Toledo, Myers became involved with the construction of the Miami and Erie Canal. After completion of the canal, he concentrated on property management and real estate. He was elected to two terms under Ohio's first constitution to the Ohio State Senate, to represent much of Northwest Ohio starting in 1848. Under the new constitution, he served a single term as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio as a Democrat.[2][3]

He was in feeble health beginning in the mid-1850s, but served a two-year term as a representative from Lucas County in the Ohio House of Representatives during the American Civil War, after nomination by the Union convention.[2][3]

Myers health further declined, and after much pain, he died July 19, 1864 at his home, northwest corner of Jefferson and Superior Streets, Toledo.[2]


  1. "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Scribner, Harvey, ed. (1910). Memoirs of Lucas County and the city of Toledo: from the earliest ... 1. Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Association. pp. 120–121.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Biographical notices of the members of the fifty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Columbus: John Wallace. 1862. pp. 81–83.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Medill
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Ford
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