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Daniel Parkhurst Leadbetter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by David Spangler
Succeeded by James Mathews
Personal details
Born (1797-09-10)September 10, 1797
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died February 26, 1870(1870-02-26) (aged 72)
Millersburg, Ohio
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery
Political party Democratic

Daniel Parkhurst Leadbetter (September 10, 1797 – February 26, 1870) was a two-term U.S. Representative from Ohio in Ohio during the 1840s.

He retired from office before the end of the decade, although he had support to run again. Later, he served in the American Civil War as a captain. Settling in Millersburg, the county seat of Holmes County, Ohio, he and his brother, Moses Leadbetter, eventually came to own almost half the town. Their family remained prominent there for decades.

He was also a relation through marriage of a prominent Millersburg citizen, Robert Justice.


Leadbetter was born in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, September 10, 1797. He attended the common schools; moved to Ohio in 1816 and settled in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio where he studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Steubenville.

Leadbetter was commissioned captain of the Second Company, Third Regiment, Sixth Division, Ohio Militia, in 1821. He moved to Millersburg, Holmes County, in 1828 and continued the practice of law. He was commissioned quartermaster of the Fourth Division of the Ohio Militia in 1831, and was county recorder 1831-1836.


He was elected as a Democrat to the 25th and 26th Congresses, (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840. He resumed the practice of his profession; also engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1851 and served as a captain in the United States Civil War in 1862. He died in Millersburg, Ohio, on February 26, 1870; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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