TOWNSEND, Amos (1821-1895)

TOWNSEND, AMOS, a Representative from Ohio; born in Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., in 1821; attended the common schools of Pittsburgh, Pa.; clerked in a store in Pittsburgh; moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1839 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; served as United States marshal during the Kansas troubles; moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business; member of the city council 1866-1876, serving as president for seven years; member of the State constitutional convention in 1873; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-seventh Congress); declined renomination; member of a wholesale foodpacking firm; died while on a visit to St. Augustine, Fla., March 17, 1895; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Taylor" to "Upton," approximately 6,000 items.
Correspondents include Amos Townsend.


Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH
Papers: ca. 1880, 2 volumes.
A list of names of residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, compiled for Amos Townsend including nationality, political affiliation, occupation, and address of each.

  • Townsend, Amos. Protection to American industry. Washington, D.C.: Printed by Darby & Duvall, 1878.