US Senator, Military Figure. Elected as a Democratic Republican to represent Ohio in the US Senate, he served from 1819 until his death in office. A native of Woodford, Kentucky, he attended Transylvania College before moving to Ohio, where he was admitted to the bar in 1811 and became a practicing attorney in Highland County. At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was appointed a Major of the Ohio Volunteers and went on to serve with the 26th and 1st US Infantries. Trimble was among the 2200 Americans captured when General William Hull notoriously surrendered Fort Detroit to the British without a fight (August 16, 1812); he was subsequently paroled and brevetted Lieutenant Colonel. He served with distinction in the Niagra Campaign and was seriously wounded during the Siege of Fort Erie (August to September 1814), requiring months of recovery. After the war he transferred to the 8th US Infantry, where he remained until his election to the US Senate. Trimble died at 36 in Washington, DC, from the lingering effects of his war wounds.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards