William H. West

William H. West (HMEL0)

Location: Bellefontaine, OH 43311 Logan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 21.657', W 83° 45.537'

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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."
HM NumberHMEL0
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number4-46
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDescendants of William H. West and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 11:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 265726 N 4471474
Decimal Degrees40.36095000, -83.75895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 21.657', W 83° 45.537'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 21' 39.42" N, 83° 45' 32.22" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Opera St, Bellefontaine OH 43311, US
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