Friday, June 13, 2003

Ohio Moments

John M. Pattison did Clermont County proud

On June 13, 1847, John M. Pattison, Ohio's 43rd governor, was born near Owensville in Clermont County.

The only Clermont native to hold the office, he also has the distinction of having served the shortest term of any Ohio governor - five months.

Pattison grew up working in a store owned by his father, William. John Pattison is said to have been there July 14, 1863, when Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan raided Owensville. Pattison was so angered by some of Morgan's Raiders riding their horses into a church that he joined the 153rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After fighting in the Civil War, he worked his way through Ohio Wesleyan University.

Pattison, a Democrat, practiced law in Cincinnati, served in the state legislature and was president of Union Central Life Insurance.

A temperance man and strict observer of the Sabbath, he ran for governor in 1905 as a supporter of the Sunday closing law.

Pattison died at Promont, his home in Milford, on June 18, 1906. It is now a museum run by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society.

Rebecca Goodman

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