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KILBOURNE, James, pioneer, born in New Britain, Connecticut, 19 October, 1770; died in Worthington, Ohio, 9 April, 1850. While apprenticed to a farmer he was instructed in the classics and mathematics by the son of his employer. He became a mechanic. subsequently acquired a competence as a merchant and manufacturer, and about 1800 took orders in the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1801 he organized the Scioto company, and in the following year emigrated at the head of a band of 100 persons to Ohio. They settled in 1803 in a place that was afterward called Worthington. There he organized St. John's and other parishes, and at the general convention of the Protestant Episcopal church procured the establishment of a western diocese, he retired from the ministry in 1804, and in 1805 was appointed by congress surveyor of public lands. He was a trustee of Ohio college, Athens, one of the commissioners to locate Miami university, and for thirty-five years president of the trustees of Worthington college. In 1812 he was appointed by the president on the commission to settle the boundary between the public lands and the Virginia reservation. He was also colonel of the frontier regiment. He was afterward elected to congress from Ohio as a Democrat, and served from 24 May, 1813, till 3 March, 1817. The proposition to grant lands in the northwest territory to actual settlers originated with him, and as chairman of a select committee he drew up a bill for that purpose. He was elected to the legislature in 1823, and again in 1828.--His nephew, John, author and publisher, born in Berlin, Connecticut, 7 August, 1787; died in Columbus, Ohio, 12 March, 1831. He was graduated at Vermont university in 1810, and was for several years principal of Worthington college, Ohio. Subsequently he became a bookseller and publisher in Columbus, Ohio. He published a " Gazetteer of Vermont," a "Gazetteer of Ohio" (1816), a map of Ohio, a volume of " Public Documents concerning the Ohio Canals" (Columbus, 1832), and a "School Geography."
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