ROOT, Joseph Mosley (1807-1879)

ROOT, JOSEPH MOSLEY, a Representative from Ohio; born in Brutus, Cayuga County, N.Y., October 7, 1807; pursued classical studies; studied law in Auburn, N.Y.; moved to Ohio in 1829; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; elected prosecuting attorney of Huron County in 1837; member of the State senate in 1840 and 1841; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress; reelected to the Thirtieth Congress and reelected as a Free-Soil candidate to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Thirtieth Congress); presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860; appointed United States attorney for the northern district of Ohio in 1861; again a member of the State senate in 1869; Democratic delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for probate judge of Erie County in 1875; died in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, April 7, 1879; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February-March 1847. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Root, Joseph Mosley. California and New Mexico. Speech of Hon. Joseph M. Root, of Ohio, in the House of Representatives, February 15, 1850, in Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union, on the resolution referring the President's message to the appropriate standing committees. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1850].
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Joseph M. Root, of Ohio, on the tariff. Delivered in the House of Representatives of the U. S., July 1, 1846. [Washington]: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, [1846].