William Allen Trimble (1786 - 1821)

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Nicknames: "Colonel in war of 1812", "afterwards U.S. Senator"
Birthplace: Woodford County, KY, USA
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Cause of death: lingering effects of war wounds
Managed by: Gibson "Gibby" Brack
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About William Allen Trimble


William Allen Trimble (April 4, 1786 – December 13, 1821) was a National Republican politician from Ohio. He served in the United States Senate.

Born in Woodford, Kentucky the son of James and Jane Allen Trimble, Trimble attended Transylvania College. He briefly practiced law in Highland County, Ohio in 1811-1812. In the subsequent years he served in a variety of capacities, mostly in Indian campaigns, with the Ohio militia and U.S. Army. He was a major of the Ohio Volunteers 1812; major of the Twenty-sixth United States Infantry 1813; raised to lieutenant colonel in 1814; lieutenant colonel of the First United States Infantry 1814; transferred to the Eighth United States Infantry 1815 and resigned in 1819, after being elected to the U.S. Senate for the term beginning in 1819. Trimble served in the Senate until his death two years later.


US Senator, Military Figure. Elected as a Democratic Republican to represent Ohio in the US Senate, he served from 1819 until his death in office. A native of Woodford, Kentucky, he attended Transylvania College before moving to Ohio, where he was admitted to the bar in 1811 and became a practicing attorney in Highland County.

At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was appointed a Major of the Ohio Volunteers and went on to serve with the 26th and 1st US Infantries. Trimble was among the 2200 Americans captured when General William Hull notoriously surrendered Fort Detroit to the British without a fight (August 16, 1812); he was subsequently paroled and brevetted Lieutenant Colonel. He served with distinction in the Niagra Campaign and was seriously wounded during the Siege of Fort Erie (August to September 1814), requiring months of recovery.

After the war he transferred to the 8th US Infantry, where he remained until his election to the US Senate. Trimble died at 36 in Washington, DC, from the lingering effects of his war wounds. (bio by: Robert Edwards)


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William Allen Trimble, US Senate's Timeline

March 4, 1786
Woodford County, KY, USA
December 12, 1821
Age 35
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Congressional Cemetery Washington District of Columbia