Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Ohio Bicentennial Moment

Pair became first Common Pleas judges

On March 11, 1738, Benjamin Tupper, founder of the Ohio Company and one of the original settlers of Marietta, was born in Stoughton, Mass.

He served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was one of the signers of the Newburgh Petition, a request from unpaid officers for land in the Ohio Country in lieu of payment.

Tupper formed the Ohio Company with Rufus Putnam. They purchased land in Ohio from Congress and established a settlement at Marietta in April 1788. It was the first lawful English settlement in the Northwest Territory.

Tupper and Putnam became two of the first judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Marietta.

Tupper lived in the Ohio Country until he died in 1792.

- Rebecca Goodman

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