William Creighton, Jr.

William Creighton (* October 29, 1778 in Berkeley County, Virginia; † October 8, 1851 in Chillicothe, Ohio) was an American judge and politician of the Democratic- Republican Party. March 4, 1813 to March 3, 1817 March 4, 1827 to 1828 and on 4 March 1829 to 3 March 1833 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 3rd and 6th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


William Creighton was born the son of Robert and Margaret Creighton in Berkeley County in present-day West Virginia. At Dickinson College in 1795, he made his statements. In 1798 he finished a law degree. In 1799 he was admitted to the bar. From then on he practiced in Chillicothe.

At the founding of the State of Ohio Creighton played an important role. He was 1803-1808, the first Secretary of State ( Secretary of State ) of the newly created State of Ohio. Early in his tenure, he took the family seal for official documents. In the spring of 1803, Creighton met, Governor Edward Tiffin and Senator Thomas Worthington in Worthington's house to talk about state affairs. As they watched on the porch of the house of the sunset, Creighton reported to have said that this was the setting sun in the new state. Then the seal of Ohio was created. From 1808 to 1812, he then served as Sheriff of Ross County. In 1810 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.

1812 Creighton was chosen as representative of the 3rd District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1814, he was re-elected. His candidacy for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1816 was not successful. He went back to work as a lawyer back to Chillicothe. 1826 Creighton again ran successfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, this time in the 6th district. In 1828 he was proposed by U.S. President John Quincy Adams as a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Ohio. On November 1, 1828, he took up this post. Already on 16 February 1829, he resigned again. Then Creighton sat until 1833 again in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 6th District.

In recent years, he was again working as a lawyer in Chillicothe. He died there in 1851. Creighton was married to Eliza Meade, from his marriage had two children.