Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Jim Oliver
CARY, Samuel Fenton (1814-1900)

CARY, SAMUEL FENTON, A Representative from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 18, 1814; attended public schools; was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1835 and from the Cincinnati Law School in 1837; was admitted to the bar in the latter year and commenced practice in Cincinnati; elected judge of the State supreme court but declined; continued the practice of his profession until 1845, when he devoted himself to temperance and other reforms; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; served as paymaster general for the State of Ohio under Governors Bartley and Bebb; collector of internal revenue for the first district of Ohio in 1865; elected as an Independent Republican to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rutherford B. Hayes; served from November 21, 1867, to March 3, 1869; chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Fortieth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1875; was nominated in 1876 by the Greenback National Convention as a candidate for Vice President of the United States; writer and lecturer for twenty years; died at the Cary homestead in College Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 29, 1900; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1853-1860, 6 items.
Letters, Dec. 30, 1853 - Apr. 5, 1860, from S.F. Cary, College Hill, O., to Rev. E.W. Jackson, Indianapolis, Indiana relating to temperance movements.

Papers: In the Pullan Family Papers, 1812-1914, 1.25 cubic feet.
Other authors include Samuel F. Cary.

  • Cary, Samuel Fenton. Cary memorials. Cincinnati: [J. J. Farrell & Co., printers], 1874.
  • ------. Cary on the manufacture and traffic in alcoholic & intoxicating beverages: the manufacture of and traffic in alcoholic or intoxicating beverages are crimes, and should be so regarded by every member of society, and punished by every civilized and Christian state. Cincinnati: C. Clark & Co., printers, 1850.
  • ------. General Samuel F. Cary on the aims of the Independent Greenback Party and the issues of the campaign. [New York: N.p., 1876].