Somerset in Perry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Nellie Sheridan Wilson
Nellie Sheridan was born into a traditional Irish family but was not content to fill the usual role of a 19th century woman working only inside the home. Somerset's first female postmaster and one of the youngest one in U.S. history, Nellie at 19 sought the office and was first appointed by President Harrison in 1889 to serve until her retirement in 1930. Since postal regulations forbade married women from holding office, Nellie remained single despite having a long-time suitor Thomas C. Wilson. In 1913 Nellie finally married
her ailing fiancé who died within hours of the wedding. Though heartbroken, she resumed her postmaster duties the following morning (many were vying for the job) since there was no postal ruling against widows holding the position. She and her sister were chiefly responsible for the creation and placement of her uncle Phil Sheridan's equestrian bronze in Somerset Square. She ran her own mercantile business (1914-1926)
and benefitted the citizens of Perry County, women in particular as a role model, working in every “civic political enterprise” imaginable. Because she was chairman of the local American Red Cross
By Steve Stoessel
1. Nellie Sheridan Wilson Marker
during WWI, president of Daughters of Union Veterans, secretary of Sheridan Monument Association and more, she
earned a seat on the county Republican Executive Committee as well as the Ohio Committee for Improvement of Rural Government - truly a woman ahead of her time. Gwen Young (1922-2016) a Somerset mayor, recognized these accomplishments and started the statue project made possible by the generosity of the citizens of Somerset, Perry County, surrounding counties, and these major sponsors: North Valley Bank and Suburban Landfill, a subsidiary of Waste Management.
By Steve Stoessel
2. Nellie Sheridan Wilson Marker
Erected 2018 by Citizens of Somerset, Perry County, North Valley Bank, Waste Management.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Women.
Location. 39° 48.409′ N, 82° 17.966′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 22) and Columbus Street (Ohio Route 13), on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset OH 43783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sheridan Monument / 1829 Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Philip Henry Sheridan (about 400 feet away); First Lutheran Synod
(about 600 feet away); Jacob Miller’s Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Seed of Catholic Education in Ohio / The Cradle of Catholicity in Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Somerset (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sheridan Homestead (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Catholic Church in Ohio (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
By Steve Stoessel
3. Nellie Sheridan Wilson Marker
Also see . . .
1. Nellie Sheridan Wilson. (Submitted on May 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. More about Nellie Wilson. (Submitted on May 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
3. Statue Unveiling. (Submitted on May 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
By Steve Stoessel, May 3, 2019
4. General Philip Sheridan
Nellie Wilson and her sister led the effort to erect this statue of their uncle.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.