Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio’s 18th district
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
David A. Starkweather
David K. Cartter
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Stark County district
December 5, 1842 – December 1, 1844
(1812-04-22)April 22, 1812
June 16, 1876(1876-06-16) (aged 64)
West Lawn Cemetery
Samuel Lahm (April 22, 1812 – June 16, 1876) was a lawyer, politician, and U.S. Representative from Ohio.
He was the father of Frank Samuel Lahm, a noted expatriate and pioneer balloonist, and the grandfather of Brigadier General Frank Purdy Lahm, aerial pioneer, student of the Wright brothers, and the first military officer to fly an airplane. He married Almira Brown of New Hampshire and was related by marriage to Daniel Webster. The couple had five children: Marshall, Edward, Frank Samuel, Charles Henry, and Helen Rebecca. The two eldest sons served in the 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War and died in service within three weeks of each other, by sickness. In 1855 Almira Lahm died and Lahm remarried, to Henrietta Faber of Pittsburgh. Lahm and Henrietta had three daughters.
Born in Leitersburg, Maryland, he was of German descent, his parents having emigrated from Germany. Lahm completed preparatory studies and then taught school. He attended Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He studied law with Oliver H. Smith in Indiana. Lahm was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1836 and moved to Canton, Ohio to open a practice. He intended to return to Leitersburg, but stopped in Canton, Ohio and was pleased with the place. He partnered with Andrew W. Loomis until Loomis left the state in 1841. He served as the master of chancery from 1837 to 1841 and prosecuting attorney of Stark County from 1837 to 1845. He served two terms as a member of the Ohio Senate in 1842. He was selected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lahm was appointed as a brigadier general in the state’s antebellum militia, and commanded the 2nd Brigade, 6th Division of Ohio during the Mexican War.
He was an unsuccessful candid