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History

The First Sheriff

The first criminal court was established in Washington County by one of the first men to arrive in the area. He was also the first Sheriff of Washington County.

Col. Ebenezer Sproat had made an impression on everyone, including the local Indians who nicknamed him, "Big Buckeye". Some people believe this is where the nickname "Buckeyes" for Ohioans originated.

Sproat was a distinguished soldier. When Sproat was elected Sheriff, he marched triumphantly up the main thoroughfare on a horse with his sword drawn. He immediately convened the first session of the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County. It was the first court convened in the new Northwest Territory. Court was immediately adjourned as there were no cases to be heard.

 


Ebenezer Sproat

 

Ebenezer Sproat's Gravestone

 

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