Samuel H. Huntington

Samuel H. Huntington
3rd Governor of Ohio
In office
December 12, 1808  December 8, 1810
Preceded by Thomas Kirker
Succeeded by Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Ohio Senate
from Trumbull County
In office
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Benjamin Tappan
Ohio House of Representatives
from Geauga, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga Counties
In office
Preceded by Peter Hitchcock
Succeeded by Samuel S. Baldwin
Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by New Title
Succeeded by Thomas Morris
Personal details
Born October 4, 1765
Coventry, Connecticut
Died June 8, 1817(1817-06-08) (aged 51)
Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Political party Democratic-Republican

Samuel H. Huntington (October 4, 1765 – June 8, 1817) was an American jurist who was the third Governor of Ohio from 1808 to 1810.


Huntington was born in Coventry, Connecticut, the nephew (and, later, the adopted son) of Samuel Huntington, the fourth President of the Continental Congress and First President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation.[1]

Huntington studied at Dartmouth College until the end of his junior year. He then transferred to Yale College, from which he was graduated in 1785.[1] He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Connecticut. In 1801, he moved to Ohio with his wife, Hannah, and their young sons, settling in the tiny village of Cleveland.


After serving as a Trumbull county delegate to the State's first constitutional convention,[2] Huntington was selected to the State Supreme Court as an Associate Justice and succeeded Return J. Meigs, Jr. as Chief Justice a year later. He served until being elected Governor in 1808. His tenure was stormy, with much controversy over the impeachment of two judges for upholding the principle of judicial review (Huntington would have been impeached as well had it not been being elected governor), the move of the state capital from Zanesville to Chillicothe, and the Tiffin Resolution, which terminated the terms of all sitting judges. Huntington did not stand for re-election, but instead ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to Thomas Worthington.

Huntington was also an active Freemason, and served as the Second Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio in 1809.[3]


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