|Mr. President Governor|
Major General Arthur St. Clair
Art was born in Scotland on March 23rd, 1737... or 1736 or 1734. No one really knows the exact year. Bad records and a calendar change kind of messed that up and makes it very confusing.
He served for the British in the French & Indian War (1754-1763) and then later as a General for the Americans in the Revolutionary War until 1778 when he was court-martialed for his loss at the Siege of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777 and served the rest of the war as an aide to General Washington. Well, that was the end of St. Clair, right? Not quite.
|Eaton, OH - Fort named for Art while he was the Gov|
After the war, in 1787 he was elected as the 15th President of the Continental Congress which enacted the Northwest Ordinance and created the Northwest Territory, encompassing present-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan. The Northwest Ordinance served as the blueprint for the upcoming the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. After his term as President of Congress, he was then appointed Governor of the Northwest Territory by President Washington.
As Governor in 1790, he gave the settlement Losantiville its new name, Cincinnati named after a club of veteran's that honored Washington called The Society of Cincinnati which he was a member of. People in Cincinnati sort of know him for this but we haven't gotten to the oopsy part yet.
|Losantiville OH - a nice plaque on a rock in Clifton|
He played the game of politics for another decade or so but it turned out that the new President Jefferson didn't care for Art too much and fired him in 1802 over political differences. His firing led to Ohio to becoming a state in 1803.
|Toledo OH - Tom & Art at a crossroad|
Maybe today everyone can raise a glass of whiskey and toast the words of Stuart Rankin, "if it's not Scottish, it's craaaapp!!"
*For more about St. Clair's Defeat, I highly recommend the 2011 book Wabash 1791: St Clair's Defeat by John Winkler.
Related Gehio links:
Gehio: The Ballad of St Clair
Gehio: WKRP in Losantiville
Gehio: a visit to Chalahgawtha
Gehio: The Battle of Fallen Timbers