John Cleves Symmes

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Birthday
21, 1742
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 26, 1814 (71)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
21, 1742
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 26, 1814 (71)

About

Early American politician and pioneer. He represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress and explored the United States' vast Northwest Territory.

Before Fame

After serving in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, he became a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council.

Trivia

In a controversial move that became known as the Symmes Purchase (or Miami Purchase), he bought a large amount of land in Ohio.

Family Life

He grew up in New York as the son of Mary Cleves and Timothy Symmes. His marriage to Anna Tuthill produced three daughters.

Associated With

His son-in-law was ninth United States President William Henry Harrison. His great grandson Benjamin Harrison also became President of the United States.

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