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ALERT: This marker was inadvertently given the non-Butler County number, 1-31. When possible it will be corrected to 48-9.

Title, side A
Birthplace of William Bebb; Governor of Ohio; 1846-1848
Text, side A
Edward Bebb, father of William Bebb and first Welshman to settle in Paddy's Run, Morgan Township, Butler County purchased this cabin in 1801. Originally the cabin stood four miles southeast of this site on the Dry Fork of the Whitewater River. It was here that William Bebb was born on December 8, 1802, the first white child born in Butler County west of the Great Miami River. At the age of twenty, after attending district schools, William Bebb became a teacher. In 1826 he became the first teacher at Paddy's Run School. Two years later Bebb and his wife opened a boarding school on his father's farm. While teaching school he began the study of law and in 1831 passed the state bar examination. A year later he began to practice law in Hamilton, where he soon became an active politician. In 1840 he stumped the state for Harrison and Tyler and in 1846 he was nominated for Governor by the Whig party. He was elected on the slogan "Wm. Bebb and a Home Currency against David Tod and Pot Metal." After his term as governor, Bebb served in a number of government positions until his retirement to his farm near Rockford, Illinois. He died on October 23, 1873.
1979 Bebb Park Lane
Okeana, OH 45003
In the center of the Pioneer Village at the Governor Bebb Metropark
Latitude: 39.3703180, Longitude: -84.8046990.
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