Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Worthington, Thomas

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WORTHINGTON, Thomas, governor of Ohio, b. near Charlestown, Va. (now W. Va.), 16 July 1773; d. in New York city, 20 June, 1827. He received a good education, but was a common sailor in 1790-'3. In 1797 he removed to Ross county, Ohio, where he was a member of the territorial legislature 1799-1801, and a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1803. He was elected one of the first U.S. senators from Ohio, and as a Democrat, serving from 17 Oct., 1803 till 3 March, 1807, and again elected instead of Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr., who had resigned, serving from 8 Jan., 1811 till 1814 when he resigned. He was governor of Ohio in 1814-'18, a canal commissioner from 1818 till his death, and one of the original vice-presidents of the American Bible society. He contributed greatly to the development of his adopted state.