Samuel S. Yoder – First Lieutenant, United States Army

Member of Congress

YODER, Samuel S., a Representative from Ohio; born in Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio, August 16, 1841; attended the common schools and Wooster (Ohio) University, and was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; enlisted in the Union Army in the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, April 19, 1862; rose to the rank of lieutenant and served until the end of the war; studied medicine and practiced in Bluffton, Ohio; mayor of Bluffton 1868-1878; moved to Lima, Ohio, in 1878; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Lima; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1883-1885; judge of the probate court of Allen County from February 1882 to October 1886, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives from December 8, 1891, to August 7, 1893; continued the practice of law and also engaged in the real estate business in Washington, D.C., until his death, May 11, 1921; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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