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Arthur St. Clair portrait
Description: Photographic reproduction of a print depicting Arthur St. Clair (1736-1818), who served as the territorial governor of the Northwest Territory from 1788 to 1802. As Ohio moved towards statehood, St. Clair actively opposed Ohio's admittance to the United States. He hoped that what is now Ohio would not become a single state but rather two states. If this occurred, St. Clair believed that the Federalists would outnumber the Democratic-Republicans, which would allow the Federalists to continue to control the government of the new states. Because of this opposition, President Thomas Jefferson eventually removed St. Clair as governor prior to Ohio's admission to the Union in 1803. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL06998
Subjects: Northwest Territory--Politics and government; Ohio History--Settlement and Early Statehood
Places: Ohio