William A. Trimble

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William Allen Trimble
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United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1819 – December 13, 1821
Preceded by Jeremiah Morrow
Succeeded by Ethan A. Brown
Personal details
Born (1786-04-04)April 4, 1786
Woodford County, Kentucky
Died December 13, 1821(1821-12-13) (aged 35)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Congressional Cemetery
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic-Republican
Alma mater Transylvania College
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1812-1819
Unit Eighth United States Infantry

William Allen Trimble (April 4, 1786 – December 13, 1821) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served in the United States Senate.


Trimble was born in Woodford, Kentucky, the son of James and Jane (Allen) Trimble. He graduated from Transylvania College and was admitted to the bar in 1811. He briefly practiced law in Highland County, Ohio from 1811-1812.[1]

In the subsequent years he served in a variety of capacities, mostly with the Ohio militia and the U.S. Army in campaigns against the Pottawatomie Indians. He was a major of the Ohio Volunteers in 1812 and major of the Twenty-sixth United States Infantry in 1813. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1814 and then to lieutenant colonel of the First United States Infantry in 1814.[2] He was transferred to the Eighth United States Infantry in 1815 and served there until his resignation in 1819, following his election to the U.S. Senate for the term beginning in 1819.

Trimble served in the Senate until his death two years later. He died in Washington, D.C. on December 13, 1821[3] and is interred in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[4]


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  2. Lanman, Charles (1876). Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States: During Its First Century. From Original and Official Sources. J. Anglim. p. 431. Retrieved 17 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Old Northwest" Genealogical Society (1909). The "Old Northwest" Genealogical Quarterly, Volume 12. Old Northwest" Genealogical Society. p. 16. Retrieved 17 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Hon. William A. Trimble". Historical Congressional Cemetery. Retrieved July 16, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Tuttle, Mary McArthur Thompson: "William Allen Trimble, United States Senator from Ohio." (July 1905). Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly 14.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Jeremiah Morrow
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Ohio
Served alongside: Benjamin Ruggles
Succeeded by
Ethan Allen Brown