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 David Ziegler

David Ziegler

Birth
Heidelberg, Stadtkreis Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 24 Sep 1811 (aged 63)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 4117 · View Source
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First Mayor of Cincinnati, Revolutionary War Officer. A native of Heidelberg, Germany, Johann David Ziegler traveled to Russia in 1768 and enlisted under the banners of Empress Catherine II, who had just declared war against the Ottoman Empire. He served under General Weissman and participated in the Battles of Tulcza, Maczin, and Babadag. After their conquest of the Crimea in 1774, Ziegler resigned and returned to Germany after he was honorably discharged and awarded a badge of appreciation. He emigrated to America in 1775 and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. After news of the Battle of Lexington, Zeigler entered the service for the United States Continental Army in June, 1775 and was commissioned as 3rd Lieutenant in Captain Ross' Company, 1st Pennsylvania Infantry. After serving in the field, he was reassigned as Adjutant in Colonel William Thompson's Battalion of Riflemen. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and participated in the Battle of Long Island and was severely wounded. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant for meritorious conduct and then as Captain of the Invalid Corps. After a period of convalescence, he was transferred to the field again and served in the Valley Forge Campaign and at the Battle of Brandywine. He fought with distinction at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 and afterwards became Senior Captain. He was then assigned as drill instructor and inspector of the Pennsylvania Brigade. After a brief stint as commissary general, he returned to the field in 1780, was captured by the British and was held as a prisoner of war until he managed to escape. Ziegler remained in the army after the war and was assigned to serve under General Harmar in 1784. He fought against Native Americans in 1788, commanded Fort Harmar, and was promoted to Major by General George Washington in 1789. Ziegler commanded Fort Washington before his resignation in 1792 and resettled nearby in Cincinnati, Ohio. Briefly a farmer, he operated a grocery store until he became the president of Cincinnati's first Council in 1802. Cincinnati was chartered as a village in 1802 and Ziegler was its first Chief Magistrate. He is considered as the first mayor even though the Cincinnati wasn't incorporated as a city until 1819. He declined reelection in 1804 to accept an appointment by President Thomas Jefferson as Marshal for the Ohio District. In 1807, he was appointed as Adjutant General of the Ohio Militia. He became surveyor of the Port of Cincinnati from 1809 until his death in 1811. He died at his residence in Cincinnati when he was 63 years old. He was originally buried at the Presbyterian Grounds on 4th Street in Cincinnati and moved to Woodland Cemetery in Dayton in 1843.

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  • Added: 7 Dec 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Ziegler (13 Jul 1748–24 Sep 1811), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4117, citing Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .