John Welch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded bySamuel Finley Vinton
Succeeded byEdson B. Olds
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
February 23, 1865 – February 9, 1878
Appointed byJohn Brough
Preceded byRufus P. Ranney
Succeeded byJohn W. Okey
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Athens & Meigs County district
In office
December 1, 1845 – December 5, 1847
Preceded byAbraham Van Vorhes
Succeeded byHorace Horton
Personal details
Born(1805-10-28)October 28, 1805
New Athens, Ohio
DiedAugust 5, 1891(1891-08-05) (aged 85)
Athens, Ohio
Resting placeWest Union Cemetery
Political partyWhig, Republican
Spouse(s)Martha Starr
Alma materFranklin College

John Welch (October 28, 1805 – August 5, 1891) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1851 to 1853.


Born near New Athens, Ohio, Welch received a liberal schooling and graduated from Franklin College. He moved to Athens County in 1828 and settled in Rome Township. He engaged in the milling business. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Athens, Ohio, in 1833. He served as prosecuting attorney of Athens County 1841-1843. He served as member of the Ohio Senate 1845-1847.

Welch was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852. He served as delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1852. He resumed the practice of law. Presidential elector for Republicans Fremont/Dayton in 1856[1] He served as judge of the court of common pleas 1862-1865. He served as associate justice of the supreme court of Ohio 1865-1878 and was chief justice in 1877 and 1878. He died in Athens, Ohio, August 5, 1891. He was interred in West Union Street Cemetery.

Welch was married in 1829 to Martha Starr, who had two sons.[2]


Welch, John (1887). An index-digest to the reports of cases decided in the courts of Ohio: embracing the Supreme, Circuit, Common pleas and Superior court decisions to May, 1886. Robert Clarke & co. OCLC 11767958.


  1. ^ Smith 1898 : 64
  2. ^ Smith 1898 volume 2 : 321-322


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U.S. House of Representatives Preceded bySamuel F. Vinton Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 12th congressional districtMarch 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853 Succeeded byEdson B. Olds