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Wednesday, November 06, 2019 12:30 pm

Ohio sheriff to update probe into late president's sword

DAN SEWELL | Associated Press


CINCINNATI – An Ohio sheriff plans to update the investigation into the ownership of a sword wielded in the American Revolution and then by a future U.S. president in the War of 1812.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil scheduled a news conference Wednesday about the sword linked to William Henry Harrison and before him, his future father-in-law, Continental Army Col. John Cleves Symmes . Police in Connecticut seized the sword last month, just hours before it was going up for auction with a $15,000 minimum bid.

Members of the Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation some 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) west of Cincinnati suspect it is a historical sword that disappeared 40 years ago from the Cincinnati Historical Society.

The would-be seller says he believes his sword is authentic, and the Cincinnati sword was a copy.