Speaker Series – June 7th Meeting – History of Early Cincinnati

During our last General Membership meeting on June 7th, we were blessed to have Jeff Suess as our guest speaker.

Jeff Suess – Author and Speaker

Jeff walked us through the early history of Cincinnati.

Jeff shared with us early Cincinnati history during his presentation


He shared that originally there were three initial settlements in the area, Columbia Tusculum, North Bend, and Losantiville (name later changed to Cincinnati).

During November of 1788 26 settlers from New Jersey, settled in Columbia Tusculum, to be followed a month later with a settlement in Losantiville in December 1788.

Of the three, Losantiville was the most promising and grew the fastest.  As we know, the rest is history.  The future name was Cincinnati.

Cincinnati in the early 1800’s

Some more information on early Cincinnati area history can be found on:


Jeff explained the challenges the area faced, what forces were responsible for the growth and also a bit of history on the Ft. Washington site in downtown Cincinnati.

An image of Fort Washington which was in the area of 4th Street and Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati – circa 1810

Jeff was very engaging and there was much back and forth question and answers being raised and addressed.

Jeff has written a number of publications about Cincinnati including: “Lost Cincinnati, Hidden History of Cincinnati”. He is a history columnist and librarian at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Book written by Jeff Suess, available on Amazon

President George Stewart shared with Jeff a “Certificate of Appreciation” and “Cincinnati SAR Challenge Coin” to show our appreciation for him coming and helping us better understand the story behind the Queen City Cincinnati.

Cincinnati President George Stewart presents Jeff Suess a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation

Thanks for a terrific presentation and event!

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