Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

July 3, 2011

The Start of Marietta and Gallipolis in Ohio


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE START OF MARIETTA AND GALLIPOLIS IN OHIO

    At the end of the American Revolution, the ownership of the Northwest Territory was transferred from Britain to the United States.

     Congress was too poor, too financially exhausted, to pay these men in money. The war had used all its resources.

     This land in the Northwest Territory was a valuable resource that could be used to pay the soldiers for their War service. Congress could trade land grants there for the worthless Continental money these men were paid with. However, Congress didn’t want to deal with the sale of small land tracts.

     This opened the door for land speculators. New Englanders General Rufus Putnam and Brigadier General Benjamin Tupper took hold and found investors who agreed formed the Ohio Company to raise a fund in continental certificates for the sole purpose of purchasing land in, and promoting the settlement of, the western territory.*  The appointed directors, Cutler, Putnam, and General Samuel H. Parsons, were authorized to apply to Con­gress for a private purchase of land at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers in Ohio, under such descriptions as they shall deem adequate to the purposes of the Company.”**

     The Rev. Manasseh Cutler was chosen to negotiate the purchase with Congress

     This was the start of a land movement that culminated in the founding the Ohio towns, Marietta and Gallipolis.

SOURCE

* Cutler, William Parker and Julia Perkins. 1987. Life, Journals and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D. v. I. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 179-181, 184

** Cutler, William Parker and Julia Perkins. 1987. Life, Journals and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D. v. I. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 191

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1790′S PAMPHLETEERING VERSUS 2000′S BLOGGING

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