Jeremiah Morrow (October 6, 1771 – March 22, 1852) was a Democratic-Republican Party politician from Ohio. He served as the ninth Governor of Ohio, and the last Democratic-Republican to do so.

Jeremiah Morrow
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United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 4, 1819
Preceded byAlexander Campbell
Succeeded byWilliam A. Trimble
9th Governor of Ohio
In office
December 28, 1822 – December 19, 1826
Preceded byAllen Trimble
Succeeded byAllen Trimble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's at-large district
In office
October 17, 1803 – March 3, 1813
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byDistrict eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
October 13, 1840 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byThomas Corwin
Succeeded byJoseph Vance
Member of the Ohio Senate from Hamilton County
In office
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byJohn Bigger
William C. Schenck
Daniel Symmes
William Ward
Personal details
Born(1771-10-06)October 6, 1771
Gettysburg, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
DiedMarch 22, 1852(1852-03-22) (aged 80)
Lebanon, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican


Morrow was born near Gettysburg in the Province of Pennsylvania. He was of Scots-Irish descent, his Irish grandfather, also Jeremiah Morrow, had come to America from County Londonderry, and was descended from 17th century Scottish settlers. He moved to the Northwest Territory in 1795. He lived at the mouth of the Little Miami River for a short time before moving to what is now Warren County.[1] As a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, he sought the services of a minister of his denomination soon after settling in the region, and he was one of the original elders of the Mill Creek congregation when it was organized shortly before 1800.[2]

After serving in the Territorial House of Representatives and Territorial Senate, and as a Hamilton county delegate to the 1802 Constitutional Convention,[3] he was elected to the first State Senate a year later and served six months before becoming Ohio's first member of the United States House of Representatives. Morrow won four additional full terms. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1812 and served a single term from 1813 to 1819, and did not seek re-election. As such, he was the first U.S. Senator for Ohio to serve a full six-year term. Morrow was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814.[4] In 1820, he served as one of Ohio's Presidential electors for James Monroe.[5] He won election to the governorship in 1822 and served for two two-year terms. He declined to serve a third term, instead returning to the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. Morrow was sent back to Washington again in 1841, and served two more years in the House, but refused to be renominated in 1842, correctly believing himself too old.

Death and legacyEdit

After retiring from politics, Morrow returned to his farm and gristmill in Warren County. He died in 1852.

Morrow is the namesake of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, the highest bridge in Ohio. Morrow County and Morrow, Ohio are named after him. His grandson, George E. Morrow, was a professor at the University of Illinois and Iowa State University, and was president of Oklahoma State University.


  1. ^ Ryan, Daniel J (1888). A History of Ohio with Biographical Sketches of her Governors and the Ordinance of 1787. Columbus, Ohio: A H Smythe. pp. 175–176.
  2. ^ History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio: Their Past and Present. Vol. 1. Cincinnati: S.B. Nelson, 1894, 458.
  3. ^ "First Constitutional Convention, Convened November 1, 1802". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications. V: 131–132. 1896.
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  5. ^ Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 1. State of Ohio. p. 102.

External linksEdit

  "Morrow, Jeremiah" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.