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St. Clair Book reaches Scotland/UK

Published: August 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Native Scots might have known of Arthur St. Clair's service as a British officer fighting the French in Canada (1755-60). But after he and his family eventually settled in Pennsylvania, most Scots probably forgot about him. That is, until 200 years later, when an author/historian from the Ohio Valley, R. W. Dick Phillips discovered the untold stories of this great American patriot and founding father and decided the story needed telling or it might remain buried forever. He didn't expect to spend the next decade telling it, and certainly didn't intend to write a book!

However, as of July, 2017, "Arthur St. Clair, The Invisible Patriot", the story of St. Clair's career before, during and after the American Revolution has reached Scotland and the UK. Phillips placed the book at Rosslyn Chapel which St. Clair's ancestor built it in 1446 but had not received much other interest. That is until he connected with Scottish historian, Ashley Cowie who produces "Peoples History," a weekly cable TV show in the UK. Cowie knew of Arthur St. Clair's Scottish lineage and to test interest, wrote an article about the book for the 30,000 readers of his blog. Thus far, Cowie reports a high response.

As for St. Clair, after 10 years of becoming "Americanized," he had become disgusted with the British' brutal treatment of his fellow Scottish colonists in Pennsylvania. In 1775 he joined America's Continental army and became one of Washington's most trusted Major Generals. After the war, he served in Congress and was elected its President in 1787, followed by 14 years as America's first Federal Governor of the Northwest Territory. This led him to develop the first nine counties in Ohio, the last being Belmont County. St. Clairsville is named for him, as is Upper St. Clair in Westmoreland County, Pennslyvania and dozens of other places throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and the North West territory.

July has been good for the book in other way with a favorable review from Kirkus Reviews and a a letter of encouragement from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. The Independent Publishers Association has reviewed the book, rating it an 8.3 out 10. It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and local bookstores


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