Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Noyes, Edward Follensbee

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NOYES, Edward Follensbee, soldier, b. in Haverhill, Mass., 3 Oct., 1832; d. in Cincinnati, Ohio, 4 Sept., 1890. After an apprenticeship in a printing-office, he prepared for college, and was graduated at Dartmouth in 1857, and at the Cincinnati, Ohio, law-school in 1858, practising in that city till the beginning of the civil war. He then turned his office into a recruiting headquarters, and on 27 July, 1861, was commissioned major of the 39th Ohio infantry. He continued in this command during all of its operations in Missouri, and was under Gen. John Pope at the capture of New Madrid and Island No. 10. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and colonel, and while building bridges in Prospect, Tenn., he was also engaged in securing veteran enlistments, with the result of a larger addition of veterans to his regiment than to any other in the National army from Ohio. He participated in all the important engagements of the Atlanta campaign till after the battle of Ruff Mills, where he was severely wounded, subsequently suffering the loss of a leg. On his recovery he was assigned to the command of Camp Dennison. He received the brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers in April, 1865, and was the same month elected city solicitor, and two years later judge of probate of Hamilton county, Ohio. He was chosen governor of Ohio in 1871, but was defeated at the next election, and in 1877 was appointed by President Hayes U.S. minister to France. During his service there he was sent on a special mission to the East, visiting all the countries that border on the Mediterranean. He resigned in 1881, and resumed practice in Cincinnati, Ohio.