Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William H. West
1824 - 1911
Judge William H. West of Bellefontaine led a distinguished career in law, public service, and politics. In 1854 West helped found the Republican party in Ohio and six years later he participated in Abraham Lincoln's nomination for the presidency. West served consecutive terms in both houses of Ohio's General Assembly from 1857 to 1865 and was elected the state's attorney general at the end of the Civil War. He became an Ohio Supreme Court justice in 1871 and in 1877 was his party's nominee for governor. After losing his sight, Judge West retired from the court but continued to practice law. At the Republican party's convention in 1884, the “Blind Man Eloquent” nominated James G. Blaine as the G.O.P.'s presidential candidate. Defining Republicans as a party for “union, freedom, humanity, and progress,” the judge's nomination speech sparked a celebration that historian David McCullough described as “one of the most memorable events in the whole history of national political conventions.”
Erected 1998 by Descendants of William H. West and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is on the NE grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Portland Cement Concrete Street (within shouting distance of this marker); War Savings Quota (within shouting distance of this marker); The Honorable William Lawrence (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue Jacket Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Logan County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Concrete Street in America (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bellefontaine.
Also see . . . William H. West. (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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