) was Delegate from the Territory
Northwest of the River Ohio. He was born in Wareham,
prepared for college by tutors and graduated from Harvard
University in 1785. He studied law in Windham,
Connecticut and was admitted to the bar in 1787.
to the Northwest Territory in
May 1788 and engaged in the practice of law at Fort Harmar, now a
part of Marietta,
He was the first lawyer to practice in the
Fearing was appointed the United States counsel for Washington
County in 1788 and a probate judge in 1797. He was a member of the
Territorial legislature 1799-1801. He was elected as a Federalist
a Delegate to the Seventh Congress
(March 4 1801
- March 3 1803
). He was not a
candidate for renomination in 1802. He resumed the practice of law
and engaged in fruit and stock raising. He was appointed associate
judge of the court of common pleas in 1810 and served seven years.
He was appointed master in chancery in 1814. He died at his home
Ohio in 1822. He was buried in Harmer Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.
- Hildreth, S. P.: Pioneer History: Being an Account of the
First Examinations of the Ohio Valley, and the Early Settlement of
the Northwest Territory, H. W. Derby and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
(1848) p. 232.
- Bloom, Jo Tice. "The Congressional Delegates from the Northwest
Territory, 1799-1803." The Old Northwest 3 (March 1977):