|Address:||407 East Gambier Street|
|Architectural Style:||Federal; Classical Revival|
|Year Built:||c. 1855|
|Original Owner:||Lecky Harper|
Born in Ireland, Lecky Harper migrated to the United States at a young age and eventually made his way to Steubenville, Ohio where he worked as clerk for one year. Harper studied history and journalism, and found his life interest when he started to work for Steubenville’s local newspaper, The Jefferson Democrat. In 1832, he travelled to Pittsburgh to start the city’s first daily news publication, The Pennsylvania Advocate. After taking sometime to practice law, Harper worked for multiple publications in the east and eventually began editing The Pittsburgher, The Cadiz Sentinel, and bought Pittsburgh’s Morning Post.
Harper moved to Mount Vernon in 1853 and purchased a city paper, The Democratic Banner. He served many prominent positions in the area including President of the Ohio Editorial Association, President of the Democratic Editors, and was elected to the State Senate in 1879. Harper also raised nine children in Mount Vernon while married to Eliza A. Mercer. He edited The Democratic Banner until his death in 1895.
Harper earned national prominence for his passion to shorten working hours from fourteen to ten hours per day, and worked on legislation supporting child labor laws. Harper can also be credited for helping to bring Clement Vallandigham to Mount Vernon when he delivered his famous anti-war speech in 1863.
The Lecky Harper House boasts a hip roof and interesting Ionic entablature. An original cupola has been removed. A six-columned porch stretches across the facade. Later additions to the home include a two-story wing and an eastward-facing bay window.