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  • 1-31 A plaque commemorating preservation of the birthplace 1-31 A plaque commemorating preservation of the birthplace
  • 1-31 The birthplace 1-31 The birthplace
  • 1-31 Covered bridge at the site 1-31 Covered bridge at the site
  • 1-31 Park sign at the highway 1-31 Park sign at the highway
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  • 1-31 William Bebb 1-31 William Bebb
  • 1-31 William Bebb Birthplace and Marker 1-31 William Bebb Birthplace and Marker
Title, side A
Birthplace of William Bebb; Governor of Ohio; 1846-1848
Text, side A
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.
Location
Governor Bebb Preserve, Butler County Metro Parks, 1979 Beeb Park Lane, Morgan Township off of St Rt