FEARING, Paul, a Delegate from the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio; born in Wareham,
Plymouth County, Mass., February 28, 1762; prepared for college by tutors; was graduated from
Harvard University in 1785; studied law in Windham, Conn., and was admitted to the bar in 1787;
moved to the Northwest Territory in May 1788 and engaged in the practice of law at Fort Harmer,
now a part of Marietta, Ohio; appointed United States counsel for Washington County in 1788;
probate judge in 1797; member of the Territorial legislature 1799-1801; elected as a Federalist a
Delegate to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for
renomination in 1802; resumed the practice of law and engaged in fruit and stock raising; appointed
associate judge of the court of common pleas in 1810 and served seven years; appointed master in
chancery in 1814; died at his home near Marietta, Ohio, August 21, 1822; interment in Harmer
Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.
BibliographyBloom, Jo Tice. The Congressional Delegates from the
Northwest Territory, 1799-1803. The Old Northwest 3 (March 1977): 3-21.