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October 12, 2016 : Thomas Ewing Table on Display at Ohio University Lancaster


The table of Thomas Ewing, one of Ohio University’s very first graduates and a Lancaster, Ohio resident is now on display at Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus and available to the public for viewing.

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James M. Smith, Ph.D., Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Dean, values the donated table for its historic significance. “We understand the importance to not only Ohio University, but Fairfield County and Ohio history as well, Thomas Ewing was an important figure in American politics and we are proud to say he got his start at Ohio University.”


Thomas Ewing along with John Hunter were the first two graduates of Ohio University. Ewing studied law and in 1816 was admitted to the bar. He was a successful Lancaster attorney and later served as trustee for Ohio University. He was elected to the United States Senate, and served cabinet position as Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of Interior. In addition, he was advisor to four United States Presidents. Ewing died in Oct. 26, 1871 in Lancaster, Ohio.


The table served as the dining table of Thomas Ewing and was donated to Ohio University in 1945 by Maria Ewing Martin of New Straitsville, Ohio, and was recently relocated to OUL. Smith said, “We thank the Ewing-Martin Family for their thoughtful gift and are pleased to have it on display at Ohio University Lancaster due to the relevance to the local community.”