Ohio History Journal

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The following report of a quaint and amusing case,

tried some one hundred years ago in Gallia County, was

originally published in the Scioto Gazette, of Chillicothe.

The young lawyers who opposed one another in the trial

afterwards became distinguished in the legal and po-

litical annals of Ohio.

Samuel F. Vinton, the then Prosecuting Attorney of

Gallia County, was born of Revolutionary stock at Lynn,

Massachusetts, September 25, 1792; was graduated at

Williams College, 1814; admitted to the bar of Connec-

ticut, 1816; came west soon after and located at Gal-

lipolis. In 1824, the year after this trial, he was elected

to Congress as a Whig, and served there with much dis-

tinction for fourteen years. Meanwhile he continued to

practice his profession with ever increasing prestige.

His argument in the case which determined the boun-

dary between Ohio and Virginia is a monument to his

legal learning. In 1851 he was the Whig candidate

for Governor. In 1854 he removed to Washington,

D. C., and died there in 1862.

Richard Douglas, also of Revolutionary parentage,

was born at New London, Connecticut, September 10,

1785, and died at his home in Chillicothe, 1852. Some

account of his life and characteristics appeared in the

July number, 1913, of the QUARTERLY, in connection

with the quaint and forceful speech he delivered before