|6th Governor of Ohio|
December 8, 1814 – December 14, 1818
|Preceded by||Othniel Looker|
|Succeeded by||Ethan Allen Brown|
|United States Senator|
December 15, 1810 – December 1, 1814
|Preceded by||Return J. Meigs, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Kerr|
April 1, 1803 – March 3, 1807
|Preceded by||Inaugural holder|
|Succeeded by||Edward Tiffin|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the Ross County district
|Preceded by||New district|
|Succeeded by||William Creighton, Jr.|
|Preceded by||James Dunlap|
Abraham J. Williams
|Succeeded by||District eliminated|
|Preceded by||John Bailhache|
|Succeeded by||George Nashee|
Allison C. Looker
|Preceded by||George Nashee|
Allison C. Looker
|Succeeded by||Isaac Cook|
|Born||July 16, 1773|
near Charles Town, Colony of Virginia, British America
(now Charles Town, West Virginia)
|Died||June 20, 1827 (aged 53)|
New York City, U.S.
Thomas Worthington (July 16, 1773 – June 20, 1827) was an American politician who served as the sixth governor of Ohio.
Worthington was born in Berkeley County near Charles Town in the Colony of Virginia. In 1796, he married a Virginia woman, Eleanor Swearingen, who joined him in emigrating to Ross County, Ohio, where they emancipated their slaves. The home they eventually built just outside Chillicothe was called Adena and is the namesake of the Adena culture. The first of their ten children, daughter Mary, married David Macomb, a future leader of the Texas Revolution. Their first son, James, graduated from West Point, held the rank of Brigadier General in the Ohio Militia, and later fought in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars.
He served in the Territorial House of Representatives from 1799 to 1803 and served as a Ross county delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1802. He was a leader of the Chillicothe Junto, a group of Chillicothe Democratic-Republican politicians who brought about the admission of Ohio as a state in 1803 and largely controlled its politics for some years thereafter. Among his colleagues in the faction were Nathaniel Massie and Edward Tiffin.
Worthington was elected one of Ohio's first Senators in 1803, serving until 1807. He was returned to the Senate in December 1810 upon the resignation of Return J. Meigs, Jr. and served until December 1814, when he resigned after winning election to the governorship. On June 17, 1812, he voted "No" on the resolution to declare war on Britain, but the vote in favor of war was 19 to 13. He won re-election as governor two years later, moving the state capital from Chillicothe to Columbus. Worthington did not seek re-election in 1818.
He platted what would become the city of Logan, Ohio in 1816.
In January 1819, when the election was held to replace the retiring Jeremiah Morrow in the Senate, he held the lead through the first three ballots, only losing when factions aligned behind William A. Trimble on the fourth and final ballot. He narrowly lost a bid for a partial term in the Senate in 1821, losing to the incumbent governor, Ethan Allen Brown, and so he instead returned to the Ohio House of Representatives.
After being the runner-up in the 1808 and 1810 gubernatorial elections, he won the 1814 and 1816 elections by landslide margins. Both times he nearly reached three-quarters of the vote. After two terms he stepped down as governor.
Worthington was initially buried at his estate in Adena, and was later interred at Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio.
Worthington is a member of the Ohio Hall Of Fame. The city of Worthington, Ohio, was named in Worthington's honor, as was Thomas Worthington High School.
Worthington is known as the "Father of the Ohio statehood".