Friday, May 10, 2002

Governor's descendant donates $2 M

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A descendant of Ohio's first governor has donated $2 million to state historical programs, the Ohio Historical Society said Thursday.

        Eleanor Mabry of Virginia, who died last year, bequeathed assets of $1 million each to the Ohio Historical Society and the Ross County Historical Society in Chillicothe.

        Chillicothe was the state's first capital and the longtime home of Edward Tiffin, Ohio's first governor and Ms. Mabry's great-great-grandfather.

        Society officials said the gift was good news, especially as the state prepares for its bicentennial next year.

        “It is especially fitting that this bequest comes from a descendant of Edward Tiffin at the very time we are preparing to recognize the contributions of Gov. Tiffin and others who, with him, established our state,” said Gary Ness, Ohio Historical Society executive director.

        The society has not decided what to do with the money.

        The Ross County Historical Society's director, Tom Kuhn, said his group will use its money to create an endowment for a heritage center it is creating in conjunction with Ohio's bicentennial.

        Ms. Mabry, a native of Virginia, never lived in Ohio but was a member of several history-related organizations, including the Ohio Historical Society.

        She made a few small financial contributions to both the Ohio Historical Society and the Ross County Historical Society.

        She died in Newport News, Va., on April 22, 2001.

        Tiffin was elected governor of Ohio in 1803.


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