Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Weller, John B.

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WELLER, John B., senator, b. in Ohio in 1812; d. in New Orleans, La., 7 Aug., 1875. He was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving in 1839-'45, was lieutenant-colonel of an Ohio regiment in the Mexican war, becoming its commander on the death of its colonel at Monterey, and a commissioner to Mexico under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Afterward he removed to California and was elected U.S. senator, holding his seat from 17 March, 1852, till 3 March, 1857. He was governor of the state in 1858-'60, U.S. minister to Mexico from 7 Nov., 1860, till 14 May, 1861, and a delegate to the National Democratic convention of 1864.