Thomas Worthington was born in Charles Town, Virginia in 1773. At the age of three, he and his family moved to the great Ohio Frontier and took up residence in Ross County. As a young man, Worthington was formally trained as a surveyor and spent much of his energies as a land developer. Later in life, he served as a member of the Territorial House of Representatives (1799-1803) for the Ohio delegate and as an Ohio State senator in two separate terms (1803-1807 and 1810-1814). In 1814, Worthington resigned his post as senator after winning the seat for Ohio State governor, for which he served until 1818. Not only did he found the city of Logan, Ohio (Hocking County) and serve as an Erie Canal commissioner, during his governorship, Worthington moved the Ohio State capital from Chillicothe to Columbus, a title that the city of Columbus has maintained since 1818.
Thomas Worthington's Frock Coat & Vest
The museum card reads: "Thomas Worthington wore this gray wool coat and silk vest when he married Eleanor Swearingen in 1796. They were married in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia). He is wearing his wedding outfit in [the above] portrait."
Margaret Worthington's Dress
The museum card reads: "Silk dress made in 1825 for 14 year old Margaret Worthington when she attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York."
If you are in the Ross County, Ohio or Chillicothe area, I encourage you to visit the beautiful Adena Mansion and Gardens. For more information regarding the Worthington family, the Adena estate, museum, and guided tours, please chick here.