Thomas Worthington


Thomas Worthington Famous memorial

Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Death 20 Jun 1827 (aged 53)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 5
Memorial ID 7553 View Source

U.S. Senator, Governor of Ohio. Born in Jefferson County, Virginia, he went to sea for two years after completing his preparatory studies. Worthington then studied land surveying and worked in the field until he moved to the Northwest Territory in 1796. Accompanied by his family and his close friend and brother-in-law, Edward Tiffin, he settled in Ross County which later became part of Ohio. Worthington was appointed by Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair as a member of the Territorial Legislature in 1799. In 1802, he was a delegate to the Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Ross County. When Ohio became a state in 1803, he was elected as a representative in the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican and served until 1807. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1806 and became a member of the Ohio Legislature from 1807 to 1808. Concern grew in Ohio about a war with Great Britain and Worthington opposed military action, but later supported the war once it began. In 1810, he was elected by the United States Legislature to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate caused by the resignation of Return J. Meigs and served from December 15, 1810 to December 1, 1814. He resigned to accept election as Ohio's 6th Governor. As Governor, he encouraged a strong militia and proposed state regulation of banks. He was reelected in 1816 and was not a candidate for reelection in 1818. Worthington then became a canal commissioner for Ohio from 1818 until his death in 1827 and also served as a member of the Ohio Legislature again from 1821 to 1825. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Edward Tiffin, and Chief Tecumseh, he is known as the "Father of the Ohio-Erie Canal", and is a member of the Ohio Hall Of Fame. He died while visiting New York City when he was 53 years old. He was initially buried at Adena, his mansion estate near Chillicothe and was later removed Grandview Cemetery. Worthington, Ohio in Franklin County is named for him.

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  • Added: 11 Dec 1999
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