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Othniel Looker

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, NY, USA
Death: Died in Palestine, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Looker and Elizabeth MILLER
Husband of Pamela Clark/Clarke
Father of Rachel Kitchell; Allison Clark Looker; Benjamin Franklin Looker; John Looker; Luky Looker and 3 others

Occupation: Governor of Ohio
Managed by: Danny Thorpe
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About Othniel Looker, Governor

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor #: A071415.

The only governor of Ohio to serve in the American Revolution.


Othniel Looker (October 4, 1757 – July 23, 1845) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served briefly as the fifth Governor of Ohio.


Looker was born on Long Island, New York, and moved with his mother to Hanover Township, New Jersey when he was two years old after the death of his father. He enlisted with the New Jersey militia in 1776 and served out the remainder of the Revolutionary War as a Private.

In 1779, Looker married Pamela Clark, and circa 1788 Looker moved to Vermont and then to New York, working as a school-teacher.


He served in the New York State Assembly from 1803 to 1804. After receiving a land grant for his war services, Looker moved to Hamilton County, Ohio in 1804, and served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1807 to 1810. He served in the Ohio State Senate from 1810 to 1817.

While serving as Speaker of the Ohio Senate from 1813 to 1814, Looker was concurrently elevated to the governorship after Governor Return J. Meigs, Jr. resigned to become Postmaster General. Looker sought re-election but was badly defeated by the far more well-known Thomas Worthington. He continued to live in Ohio until his wife's death, and later moved to Palestine, Illinois to be with his daughter Rachel Kitchell, and is buried there in Kitchell Cemetery. Lookout was the Ohio Presidential elector in 1816 for James Monroe.


The Village Historical Society in Harrison, Ohio, has restored the home of Ohio Governor Othniel Looker. The Othniel Looker House is now open to the public, free of admission, on a few dates during the year, and special tours can be arranged for school groups. The Othniel Looker House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Othniel Looker, Governor's Timeline

October 4, 1757
New York, NY, USA
Age 2
Hanover, Morris, New Jersey, USA

After the death of his father, his mother moved to Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey when Othniel was two years old.

May 1776
Age 18
Elizabethtown, New Jersey

Enlisted at Elizabethtown in the New Jersey Militia and served as a private throughout the Revolutionary War.

Age 21
Age 22
New Jersey, USA
Age 24
New Jersey, USA
Age 29
Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA
May 17, 1788
Age 30
New Jersey, USA
Age 31
Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA
Age 32
Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA