Aug. 20, 1834 Walnut Hills Hamilton County Ohio, USA
Religious Leader, Revolutionary War Veteran, Educator. Reverend James Kemper was most known for his contributions to Presbyterianism in Ohio and Kentucky. The Virginia native served as a soldier for the United States during the Revolutionary War which brought him to the West. He briefly settled in Tennessee in 1783 and worked as a surveyor before moving to Kentucky where he operated the commonwealth's first public school. He became licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Transylvania and acted as the first catechist west of the Allegheny Mountains nominated by his mentor and teacher, David Rice. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1790 and became the first ordained minister in the Ohio River Valley. He founded and organized several churches including the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Hills, where he finally settled with his family. He founded Lane Seminary in 1818 which grew immensely during the following decades. He died when he was 80 years old during the first major cholera epidemic in Cincinnati. Several streets in Hamilton County are named for him and his log cabin house has been preserved as part of the Sharon Woods Heritage Village.