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John Little (congressman)

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John Little
John Little (congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byJ. Warren Keifer
Succeeded byRobert P. Kennedy
13th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 12, 1874 – January 14, 1878
GovernorWilliam Allen
Rutherford B. Hayes
Thomas L. Young
Preceded byFrancis Bates Pond
Succeeded byIsaiah Pillars
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Greene County district
In office
January 3, 1870 – January 4, 1874
Preceded byR. F. Howard
Succeeded byIsaac M. Barrett
Personal details
Born(1837-04-25)April 25, 1837
Grape Grove, Ohio
DiedOctober 18, 1900(1900-10-18) (aged 63)
Xenia, Ohio
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, Xenia
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Barbara Jane Sheets
Alma materAntioch College

John Little (April 25, 1837 – October 18, 1900) was a one-term U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1885 to 1887.


Born near Grape Grove, Ross Township, Greene County, Ohio, Little attended the common schools. He was graduated from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1862. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1865 and commenced practice in Xenia, Ohio. He served as mayor of Xenia 1864-1866. He served as prosecuting attorney of Greene County 1866-1870. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1869-1873. Attorney general of Ohio 1873-1877.


Little was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). In 1886, he was re-districted, and lost re-election by 2 votes.[1]

Later career

He resumed the practice of law. He was appointed by President Harrison a member of the United States and Venezuela Claims Commission in 1889 and was its chairman. He served as member of the Ohio State Board of Arbitration. Trustee of Antioch College 1880-1900. He died in Xenia, Ohio, on October 18, 1900. He was interred in Woodland Cemetery.

Little married Barbara Jane Sheets, of Troy, Ohio, October 19, 1865. They had children named George and Mary. Barbara died at Xenia, May 30, 1902.[2][3]


  1. ^ 1886 : James E. Campbell 15,303, Little 15301
    Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company. p. 527.
  2. ^ Broadstone, M. A., ed. (1918). History of Greene County, Ohio: its people, industries and ... 1. Indianapolis: B F Bowen and Co. pp. 760–761.
  3. ^ Crabb, W Darwin (1872). Biographical sketches of the state officers, and of the members of the 60th General Assembly of the State of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State Journal. p. 79.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Warren Keifer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert P. Kennedy
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