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was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1767. He moved with his parents, first to Tennessee and then to Kentucky, where, in 1797, he married Lydia Nelson, and where their first son--Nelson Foos-- was born. In 1798 he came, with his wife and infant son, to Franklinton, where he became proprietor of a ferry across the Scioto river. He also established, and for several years carried on, the first hotel at that place. His early opportunities for securing an education were very limited, and his principal schooling was obtained from an Irish schoolmaster who came to his tavern in want, and spent several months with him. But with such advantages as these, by his own persistent efforts, he obtained a wide knowledge of men and things, taking an active interest in all public affairs, and corresponding with such men as Clay, Ewing, Corwin, and Harrison. He was a member of the first Ohio legislature, serving, in all, during twenty-five sessions in the house and senate. He became an effective speaker and writer. The State capital having been secured to Columbus largely by his efforts, the original proprietors of the town presented him with a square in an eligible part of the city.
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