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Othniel Looker

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Death: July 23, 1845 (87)
Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Palestine, Crawford, Il., United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Looker and Elizabeth MILLER
Husband of Pamela Looker (Clark)
Father of Henry Clark Miller Looker; Samuel Birch Looker; Alison Clark Looker; Pamela Looker; Rachel Kitchell and 6 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
Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Age 22
New Jersey, USA
Age 24
New Jersey, USA
July 16, 1786
Age 28
June 25, 1787
Age 29
Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA
May 17, 1788
Age 30
New Jersey, United States
Age 31
Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA