James McBride (pioneer)

James McBride (1788–1859) was a prominent pioneer statesman in Butler County, Ohio. He was Hamilton's first Mayor, and a prominent State Representative associated with the canals, archaeologist who supplied a considerable number of sketches of earthworks for early texts on the Mississippi Valley, Ohio's leading pioneer author and antiquarian, Miami University Secretary and President of the Board of Trustees, Butler County's fifth Sheriff, a surveyor, and an officer of other various entities. James McBride married the daughter of Judge Lytle, of the Lytle family of the Ohio River Valley, and was through her kinsman with Sen. Homer T. Bone, and Governor of Ohio Andrew L. Harris. McBride's son in law was Roger N. Stembel, a commander of the Pacific Fleet.

James McBride
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Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Butler County district
In office
December 2, 1822 – November 30, 1823
Serving with Joel Collins
James Shields
Preceded byRobert Anderson
Joel Collins
James Shields
Succeeded byJames Clark
David Higgins
Marsh Williams
Personal details
Born(1788-11-02)November 2, 1788
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 3, 1859(1859-10-03) (aged 70)
Hamilton, Ohio
Spouse(s)Hannah Lytle

McBride became an ardent convert to John C. Symmes' Hollow Earth theory, and wrote a book in support of it in 1826.

Archaeological workEdit

As an archaeologist, he lived and worked near the Great Miami River, examining evidence of ancient life in the region. A canal engineer, J.W. Erwin, served as his assistant, making surveys of earthworks in the Great Miami River valley. McBride retained his own collection of artifacts. Artifacts and research by McBride was used by Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis in the Smithsonian Institution publication, Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley.[1]


McBride Hall is a dormitory on the Miami University campus named in McBride's memory.



  1. ^ Squier, E.G. (1848). Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. p. 46.