This Day in History: 1737-03-23

Arthur St. Clair was born in Scotland.  He came to America and fought in the French & Indian War.  He became the Penn family representative in western Pennsylvania and was instrumental in the creation of Westmoreland County in 1773.  St. Clair was a major general in the Revolutionary War, the president of Continental Congress in 1787, and first governor of the Northwest Territory.  At one time the largest landowner in western Pennsylvania, he died impoverished on August 31, 1818 and is buried in St. Clair Park in Greensburg with his wife Phoebe Bayard.