Congressman Mike Turner announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has unanimously –– approved a resolution congratulating Clinton County and the county seat of Wilmington, Ohio on the occasion of their bicentennial anniversary.
“This resolution is part of the year-long celebration of the Clinton County’s 200th anniversary,” Congressman Turner said. “Clinton County residents have a lot to be proud of. They have accomplished so much throughout our state’s history, and have overcome many challenges as well. Committee approval of this resolution is a demonstration of congressional recognition of everything Clinton County and its people stand for.”
Clinton County has a rich history: It was named after George Clinton, one of the Founding Fathers, and the fourth Vice President of the United States. His influence has been memorialized by a statue on the Senate side of the Capitol, as well as a statue on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Clinton County was also a station on the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War, and a destination for thousands of persons escaping slavery and seeking freedom.
The County is also home to Wilmington College, the Murphy Theatre, and has the distinction of being the birthplace of the original banana split.
The resolution congratulating Clinton County on its 200th birthday, H.R. 1121, will be voted on next by the full House of Representatives. It has the support of the entire Ohio congressional delegation.