Thomas Worthington (governor)

Thomas Worthington ( * July 16, 1773 in Charlestown, Jefferson County, Virginia, † June 20, 1827 in New York City ) was an American politician. He represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. Senate and was its governor.


Worthington, born and raised in what is now West Virginia, enjoyed a simple education in a rural school. As a young adult, he spent two years as a member of the Merchant Navy, earning the money to pay after his training as a surveyor can. In 1798, Worthington moved with his family to Ross County in the area of the State of Ohio and later settled there in Chillicothe. Here he was in 1799 elected to the House of Representatives of the Northwest territory where he held a seat until 1803. Most recently, he was a deputy at the Constitutional Convention of 1803, which fixed the constitution of the State of Ohio in writing.

In 1803, Worthington was for Ohio in the U.S. Senate in Washington DC chosen, where he served from April 1, 1803 to March 3, 1807. After Worthington was elected 1807-1810 House of Representatives from Ohio, he took over after the departure of U.S. Senator Return Jonathan Meigs whose vacant seat and was dated 15 December 1810 to December 1, 1814 U.S. Senator again. Worthington, who belonged to the Democratic-Republican Party candidate in 1814 for the office of Governor of Ohio and served as the sixth incumbent on December 8, 1814 to December 14, 1818. During his tenure was determined among other Columbus as the new capital of Ohio, triggering thus Chillicothe in this function.

After retiring from the governorship Worthington ran again in 1821 for a seat in the House of Representatives his state and remained there until 1922. Worthington was married to Eleanor Van Swearingen and had ten children. He died in 1827, at the age of 53 years. In his honor, the city was named Worthington in Franklin County.