Logan portrait

This image of Mingo chief Logan is from an old print via the Ohio Historical Society.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is Part 4 in a 9-part series on Ohio's great American Indian chiefs released by the Ohio Historical Society on Nov. 3, 1967. Richland Source has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Ohio History Connection to share content across our sitesPart 1 focused on the Six Nations. Part 2 profiled Little Turtle. Part 3 examined Cornstalk.

Logan, whose fame as an orator has persisted, was a Mingo who came to Ohio from his native Pennsylvania in 1770, at the age of 45.

His English name is said to derive from an early friendship with James Logan, secretary and acting governor of the Pennsylvania colony.

From his headquarters near Chillicothe in Ross County, Logan made incessant war on the border settlements. His bitterness grew from the wanton massacre, near Steubenville, of some unarmed Native American Indians, including Logan's sister.

His famous speech was a recital of the injustices endured by his people and a dignified justification of his own enmity. It was actually a sort of memorandum presented to Lord Dunmore's parley with a group of chiefs in 1774 which Logan did not attend.

A county and a city in Ohio are named for the chief, as well as the hill, Mount Logan, which appeared on the Great Seal of Ohio.

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