: George McCormick made this child's bed for use at Adena, the home of Ohio political leader Thomas Worthington's large family, which included ten children. It is made of walnut and measures 53.14 by 31.88 by 25.98 inches (135 by 81 by 66 cm). McCormick, a native of Virginia, worked on the construction of the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C. under the direction of architect Benjamin Latrobe. It is believed that Worthington brought McCormick to Ohio around 1805 on the advice of Latrobe to work on Adena, which was also designed by Latrobe. McCormick remained in Chillicothe to build furniture for Worthington. After he completed work at Adena, he moved to Columbus, where he worked on the Ohio statehouse. He also was involved in Franklin County politics. Thomas Worthington was a native of Charles Town, Virginia (later West Virginia) who moved to the Northwest Territory in 1798 and settled in Ross County, where he quickly became a leader in the Ohio statehood movement. He was a strong opponent of Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair, who wished to delay Ohio's entrance into the Union. Worthington emerged as a principal figure in the 1802 Constitutional Convention and spent much time in Washington lobbying for statehood. Politically active throughout his life, Worthington served as one of the first two U. S. senators from Ohio and as governor. Later he served several terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Ohio Government; Daily Life; Furniture; Beds; Worthington, Thomas, 1773-1827 Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)