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Near Okeana in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Birthplace of William Bebb

Governor of Ohio

 

1846-1848

 
Birthplace of William Bebb Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. Birthplace of William Bebb Marker
Inscription.
Edward Bebb, father of William Bebb and first Welshman to settle in Paddy's Run, Morgan Township, Butler County purchased this cabin in 1801. Originally the cabin stood four miles southeast of this site on the Dry Fork of the Whitewater River. It was here that William Bebb was born on December 8, 1802, the first white child born in Butler County west of the Great Miami River.

At the age of twenty, after attending district schools, William Bebb became a teacher. In 1826 he became the first teacher at Paddy's Run School. Two years later Bebb and his wife opened a boarding school on his father's farm. While teaching school he began the study of law and in 1831 passed the state bar examination. A year later he began to practice law in Hamilton, where he soon became an active politician. In 1840 he stumped the state for Harrison and Tyler and in 1846 he was nominated for governor by the Whig party. He was elected on the slogan "Wm. Bebb and a Home Currency against David Tod and Pot Metal."

After his term as governor, Bebb served in a number of government positions until his retirement to his farm near Rockford, Illinois. He died on October 23, 1873.
 
Erected 1961 by The Ohio Historical Markers Committee. (Marker Number 1-31.)
 
Marker series.
Birthplace of William Bebb House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
2. Birthplace of William Bebb House and Marker
This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 22.207′ N, 84° 48.286′ W. Marker is near Okeana, Ohio, in Butler County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Governor Bebb Preserve & Pioneer Village, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, off Cincinnati-Brookville Road (Ohio Route 126). Marker is in this post office area: Okeana OH 45053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1858 Morgan Township House / Copperheadism in Butler County (approx. 2 miles away); Founding Members of the Morgan Township Fire Department (approx. 4 miles away); Snow Hill Covered Bridge (approx. 4 miles away in Indiana); Bunker Hill Universalist Church/Bunker Hill Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Bunker Hill / Dog Town (approx. 5.4 miles away); Paddy's Run (approx. 5.7 miles away); Bethel Chapel (approx. 6.6 miles away); Bethel Chapel 1815- 1873 (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Okeana.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Bebb. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Governor Bebb Preserve & Pioneer Vilage. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Birthplace of William Bebb image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. Birthplace of William Bebb
1961 Bebb marker seen below closed window to right of door.
Birthplace of William Bebb Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. Birthplace of William Bebb Marker
[First paragraph similar to Ohio Historical Marker]
Residents of Morgan Township and Community under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus W. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. Byron E. Dearmond and Mr. and Mrs. Johnie M. Baker, in reverence to this great citizen of Ohio established this park site by various contributions and named it Gov. William Bebb Park in 1959.

The cabin was reconstructed on this site under the direction of Bruce W. Diehl, Park Director of Butler County without whose interest and courage it would not have been possible.

Cabin and Park Dedicated June 17, 1961.
Governor Bebb Preserve Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
5. Governor Bebb Preserve Entrance Sign
Governor Bebb Preserve Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
6. Governor Bebb Preserve Entrance Sign
Cincinnati-Brookville Road (OH 126) in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,219 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 24, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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