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Allen Trimble

Gov. Allen Trimble

  • January 4, 1822 - December 28, 1822
  • Democratic-Republican
  • November 24, 1783
  • February 3, 1870
  • Virginia
  • Married twice—Margaret McDowell, Rachel Woodrow; seven children
  • Succeeded


ALLEN TRIMBLE, the eighth and tenth governor of Ohio, was born in Augusta County, Virginia on November 24, 1783. His education was limited and attained through tutors and in the common schools of Kentucky. After moving to Ohio in 1804, he became interested in farming and surveying. Trimble first entered politics as clerk of the Common Pleas Court, a position he held in 1808. He also served as recorder of deeds in 1808; was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1816 to 1817; and served as a member and speaker of the Ohio Senate from 1818 to 1826. On January 4, 1822 Governor Ethan A. Brown resigned from office, and Trimble, who was senate speaker at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until December 28, 1822. He then returned to his duties in the state senate. He also served as a canal fund commissioner in 1824. Trimble next won election to a gubernatorial term of his own in 1826. He went on to win reelection in 1828. During his tenure, educational improvements were promoted; the state penal system was reformed; and agricultural advancements were supported. After leaving the governorship, Trimble retired from political life. He returned to his farming interests. He also served as first president of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture, an organization he established in 1846. Governor Allen Trimble passed away on February 3, 1870, and was buried at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Ohio.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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