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FEARING, Paul, a Delegate from the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio; born in Wareham, Plymouth County, Mass., February 28, 1762; prepared for college by tutors; was graduated from Harvard University in 1785; studied law in Windham, Conn., and was admitted to the bar in 1787; moved to the Northwest Territory in May 1788 and engaged in the practice of law at Fort Harmer, now a part of Marietta, Ohio; appointed United States counsel for Washington County in 1788; probate judge in 1797; member of the Territorial legislature 1799-1801; elected as a Federalist a Delegate to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for renomination in 1802; resumed the practice of law and engaged in fruit and stock raising; appointed associate judge of the court of common pleas in 1810 and served seven years; appointed master in chancery in 1814; died at his home near Marietta, Ohio, August 21, 1822; interment in Harmer Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: 1810, 1 item. A letter from Paul Fearing to Stephen Titus Homer written on May 21, 1810. In the letter, Paul Fearing discusses the value of some of Stephen Homer's land in Ohio and its taxes.
Papers: 1785-1792, 1 item. Typescript extracts from a diary and letters of Paul Fearing concerning land transactions.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bloom, Jo Tice. "The Congressional Delegates from the Northwest Territory, 1799-1803." The Old Northwest 3 (March 1977): 3-21.

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