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 John Wesley McCormick, Jr

John Wesley McCormick, Jr

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Death 25 Aug 1825 (aged 32)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 6424366 · View Source
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War of 1812 veteran from Ohio. In February of 1820, he moved his family to newly opened territory in what is now central Indiana. He built a cabin on banks of the White River near an Indian settlement. He immediately began making trips back to parents home in Connersville, Indiana to encourage others to join him in new location. He then opened the first tavern in the small but growing community. In May of 1820, State commissioners looking for a site for the new state capital, met at his home and tavern as it was the most centrally located settlement in the newly formed state. It was at his cabin, on June 7th, 1820, that the decision to locate the capital was made, and the land was plotted for the city of "Milesquare, Indiana". John's wife, Bethiah, opposed the name and suggested the name of "Indianapolis" to honor the Indians who originally lived at this location. The name was adopted by the State Legislature, and "Indianapolis" was officially made the state capital of Indiana.

Bio by: Jeff Maxwell



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  • Created by: Jeff Maxwell
  • Added: 17 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6424366
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Wesley McCormick, Jr (15 Sep 1792–25 Aug 1825), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6424366, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Maxwell (contributor 46480432) .