On March 27, 2017 we in Belmont County celebrate the 283rd anniversary of the birth of Governor Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818), the man for whom St. Clairsville was named and who christened Belmont County, the last of nine Ohio Counties he established while Federal Governor of the Northwest Territory.

As its way of marking the occasion, the St. Clairsville Library has invited R. W. Dick Phillips, the author-historian who recently wrote the book, "Arthur St. Clair, The Invisible Patriot," to give a talk on Monday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The program will first include a brief synopsis of the St. Clair book, followed by a discussion of the trials and tribulations a first-time author faces in not only researching, writing and publishing a book, but promoting it to the major retail book distributors and the news media, especially when the subject is a long-forgotten patriot and the book is only the second book published about St. Clair since 1882.

St. Clairsville was originally named Newellstown, founded by the Newell family, who resettled here from western Pennsylvania. Their cousin, Arthur St. Clair, became Washington's first Major General from Pennsylvania in 1777. After being elected to Congress in 1785. he became its President in 1787 (when the Constitution was signed) and then became America's Federal Governor of its first expansion west of the Ohio River, in 1788. The Newell's renamed their community St. Clairsville in their cousin's honor.

Note: The library would appreciate a call at 740-695-2062 if you are planning to attend.

The book, "Arthur St. Clair, The Invisible Patriot" is available at Barnes & Noble and other Ohio Valley bookstores. It is also available on Amazon.com

Editors note: After lecturing throughout eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the past year, 2017 has started encouragingly, with a national book review by KirkusReviews and a complimentary message in a personal note from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.