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Meigs, Return Jonathan

(mĕgz), 1740–1823, American Revolutionary army officer, b. Middletown, Conn. He accompanied Benedict Arnold on the Quebec expedition, where he was taken prisoner and later exchanged (1776). Meigs is best remembered for the expedition he led against the British at Sag Harbor, Long Island, in 1777. After the Revolution he became interested in the Ohio Company of AssociatesOhio Company of Associates,
organization for the purchase and settlement of lands on the Ohio River, founded at Boston in 1786. Its organizers were a group of New England men, most of them former American Revolutionary army officers. In July, 1787, one of the directors, Dr.
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. He later became (1801) Indian agent to the Cherokees. His son, Return Jonathan Meigs, 1764–1825?, American cabinet member, b. Middletown, Conn., also went to Ohio and became prominent in politics there. Meigs served consecutively as Senator from Ohio (1808–10), governor of Ohio (1810–14), and as U.S. Postmaster General (1814–23).
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Next we meet the romantically named Return Jonathan Meigs, who participated in the Revolution in 1777.
(7) In June of 1801, this new orientation became official when Secretary of War Henry Dearborn appointed Return Jonathan Meigs Agent to the Cherokees and headquartered him at Fort Southwest Point.