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Thomas Welles Bartley (also known as Thomas W. Bartley) (February 11, 1812– June 20, 1885) was a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. He served as the 17th Governor of Ohio. Bartley was succeeded in office by his father, Mordecai Bartley, one of only a few instances of this occurring in high elected office in the United States.

Bartley was born in Jefferson County, Ohio. After attending Jefferson College, Bartley began practicing law in 1831. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1839-1841 and then in the Ohio State Senate from 1841-1845. He was elected Speaker of the Senate in 1843. When Wilson Shannon resigned as Governor on April 15, 1844, to take a diplomatic appointment, Bartley became Governor while concurrently remaining in the Senate. He served out the remainder of Shannon's term until December 3. Bartley sought renomination under the Democratic Party, but lost at the state convention by a single vote - avoiding a contest against his father, who accepted the Whig nomination. Bartley later served a contentious term on the State Supreme Court from 1852-1859.

After the death of his first wife, Bartley married Susan Denman Sherman (October 10, 1825– January 10, 1876), sister of William Tecumseh Sherman.[1]

  1. ^ Kerr, William Tecumseh Sherman: A Family Chronicle 102 (1984)
Political offices
Preceded by
Wilson Shannon
Governor of Ohio
1844
Succeeded by
Mordecai Bartley
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