Joseph Charles McElroy (April 23, 1831 - August 21, 1907) was an American businessman and American Civil War veteran. Born in Oak Grove, Ohio, McElroy left for California in 1849 to seek his fortune in the California goldfields. In the 1850 census, he lists himself as a miner in Louisville, California. In 1861, he raised a militia company at Racine, Ohio, and enlisted in Company K of the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on January 4, 1863 and mustered out of the army on November 9, 1864. After the war, McElroy served as Sheriff of Meigs County, as a member of the racine Village Council, and as a member of the Ohio General Assembly. He acted as the Secretary Treasurer of the Ohio Commission for the Chickamauga Battlefield National Park and served as the Postmaster of the U.S. House of Representatives for fourteen years.

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