“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cadiz in Harrison County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Bishop Matthew Simpson

Bishop Matthew Simpson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, September 25, 2010
1. Bishop Matthew Simpson Marker
Inscription. Matthew Simpson, an eminent Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, was born on June 21, 1811, in a log house which then stood on the north corner of Market and Main Streets in Cadiz. Simpson spent most of his youth in Cadiz where he gained a thorough Classical education, learned the trade of reedmaker, taught school, and began the study of medicine. In 1828 young Simpson attended a camp meeting held in a grove near the present Dickerson Church, 3½ miles southeast of Cadiz, and was moved to become active in church work. Later he gave up his medical career and entered the ministry. Shortly thereafter he preached his first halting sermon in a small frame church on Buffalo Street in this village.
After leaving Cadiz, Matthew Simpson served as President of Indiana Asbury (De Pauw) University from 1839 to 1848. In 1852 he was elected a Bishop of the Methodist Church. In later years Simpson became a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. It was Simpson who urged the President to prepare and issue the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1865 the Bishop had the sad duty of giving the Oration at Lincoln's funeral in Springfield. Bishop Simpson died on June 18, 1884, and is buried in Philadelphia.
Erected 1965 by Northeast Ohio Methodist Conference Historical Society.
Bishop Matthew Simpson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, September 25, 2010
2. Bishop Matthew Simpson Marker
40° 16.374′ N, 80° 59.828′ W. Marker is in Cadiz, Ohio, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Ohio Route 9, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 250. Touch for map. Marker is located near the corner in front of the Harrison County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 West Market Street, Cadiz OH 43907, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harrison County Congressional Medal of Honorees (a few steps from this marker); Cadiz, Ohio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark Gable (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cadiz G.A.R. Memorial (approx. half a mile away); M101A1 105mm Towed Howitzers (approx. 5.7 miles away); New Athens, Ohio (approx. 5.9 miles away); Franklin College / Cornerstone of Civil Rights (approx. 5.9 miles away); Historic Hopedale / Clark Gable, "The King of Hollywood" (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cadiz.
Also see . . .  Matthew Simpson - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,549 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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