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Paul FEARING

(1762-1822)

FEARING, Paul, a Delegate from the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio; born in Wareham, Plymouth County, Mass., February 28, 1762; prepared for college by tutors; was graduated from Harvard University in 1785; studied law in Windham, Conn., and was admitted to the bar in 1787; moved to the Northwest Territory in May 1788 and engaged in the practice of law at Fort Harmer, now a part of Marietta, Ohio; appointed United States counsel for Washington County in 1788; probate judge in 1797; member of the Territorial legislature 1799-1801; elected as a Federalist a Delegate to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for renomination in 1802; resumed the practice of law and engaged in fruit and stock raising; appointed associate judge of the court of common pleas in 1810 and served seven years; appointed master in chancery in 1814; died at his home near Marietta, Ohio, August 21, 1822; interment in Harmer Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Bibliography

Bloom, Jo Tice. “The Congressional Delegates from the Northwest Territory, 1799-1803.” The Old Northwest 3 (March 1977): 3-21.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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