Saturday, March 29, 2003

Ohio Moments

Gov. Meigs played big role in War of 1812


On March 29, 1824, Return Jonathan Meigs Jr., governor of Ohio during the War of 1812 and first chief justice of Ohio, died in Marietta. A Connecticut native, Meigs moved to Marietta in 1788. He was a judge in the Northwest Territory and, in 1799, was in the territorial legislature. After being named chief justice in 1803, he resigned a year later and spent four years as a judge in the Louisiana Territory. He defeated Nathaniel Massie for Ohio governor 1808, but was denied the seat because of his absence from the state. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate, but resigned in 1810 to run for governor, against Thomas Worthington. Meigs won. In 1812, he recruited more than 1,000 Ohioans to fight the British in Canada and the Indians loyal to England. He was re-elected in 1812, but resigned to become the U.S. Postmaster General, from 1814-1823.

Rebecca Goodman

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