Alphonso Hart
11th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1874 – January 10, 1876
GovernorWilliam Allen
Preceded byJacob Mueller
Succeeded byThomas L. Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byGeorge L. Converse
Succeeded byAlbert C. Thompson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 3, 1865 – December 31, 1865
Preceded byLuther Day
Succeeded byN. D. Tidballs
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
Preceded byHenry McKinney
Succeeded byN. W. Goodhue
Personal details
Born(1830-07-04)July 4, 1830
Vienna, Ohio
DiedDecember 23, 1910(1910-12-23) (aged 80)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeMaple Grove Cemetery, Ravenna, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Phebe Peck
Alma materGrand River Institute

Alphonso Hart (July 4, 1830 – December 23, 1910) was a Republican politician from the U.S. State of Ohio who was a U.S. Representative, in the Ohio State Senate, and the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.


Hart was born in Vienna Township, Trumbull County, Ohio. His father died when he was age twelve, and he was bound out to a farmer for three years. After seven months he started out alone.[1] Hart attended the common schools and Grand River Institute, Austinburg, Ohio, and studied law in Warren, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar August 12, 1851. Hart was married to Phebe Peck of Warren in 1856.


He moved to New Lisbon, Ohio, remained two years, and was then elected Assistant Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives. He purchased the Democratic newspaper "Portage Sentinel" in Ravenna, Ohio, which he edited until he sold it in 1857. He also practiced in Ravenna.[1] He served as prosecuting attorney for Portage County from 1861 to 1864, when he resigned. He served as member of the Ohio Senate 1865, 1872, and 1874, and was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio 1874-1876. Presidential elector for Grant/Wilson in 1872.[2] In 1874 he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1878 to Hillsboro, Ohio. In 1880 he was nominated for the Forty-seventh Congress in the seventh district but lost to John P. Leedom.[1] Hart was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress in the 12th district (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885). He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Forty-ninth Congress. He served as Solicitor of Internal Revenue, Treasury Department from 1888 to 1892. He resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C..


Hart's wife, Phebe, died in 1868.[3] They had a son and a daughter.[4] Hart died in 1910 and is interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio US.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Smith 1898 : 321
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 307
  3. ^ Crabb, W Darwin (1872). Biographical sketches of the state officers, and of the members of the 60th General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State Journal. pp. 25–26.
  4. ^ "Hart, Alphonso". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
Political offices Preceded byJacob Mueller Lieutenant Governor of Ohio1874–1876 Succeeded byThomas L. Young U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byGeorge L. Converse Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 12th congressional districtMarch 4, 1883-March 3, 1885 Succeeded byAlbert C. Thompson

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