Monday, January 24, 2011

Wilmington College (1892) and lots of trivia

Page 4 of the 1985 County Seat Calendar 

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Wilmington College (Ohio) Picture captioned:  Higher Education:  The architect liked elevation; the mason was paid by the brick (1892).   Also pictured on this page is Miss Ellen Wright, Wilmington College Latin teacher.

As most of us know, MV is a 1986 graduate of Wilmington College.

According to Ohio History Central Wilmington College, established in 1870 by the Society of Friends, was an outgrowth of Franklin College, initially proposed for Tuppers Plains, Ohio, which never opened.

Tuppers Plains, SE of Athens near the Ohio River, is an unincorporated community in Meigs County at the intersection of State Routes 7 and 681. Orange Township, in which Tuppers Plains is located, had 934 people in the 2000 census.  Meigs County reached a peak of population in the 1880 census with over 32,000 residents but has since declined to 23,000 in 2000.

Clinton County had a population of 24,000 in 1880 and over 40,000 in 2000.  Clinton County was named for fourth US Vice-President George Clinton (1739-1812) who served under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Meigs County is named for Return J. Meigs, Jr., (1764-1825) the 4th Governor of Ohio (1810-1814).   Meigs County, Tennessee (SE Tennessee) is named after his father (1740-1823) an American Revolutionary War officer and federal Indian agent.

How much more trivia can I get into this blog post?  How about the fact that only Clinton County Ohio and Clinton County New York were named for George Clinton, first and third Governor of New York as well as Vice President.

The Clinton Counties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania were named for George's nephew, DeWitt Clinton, (1769-1828) seventh and ninth  Governor of New York.  Or sixth Governor, if you only count George once and DeWitt once -- this can get complicated and makes me think of Jerry Brown in California, the 34th, and 39th Governor.  DeWitt was also the driving force for the construction of the Erie Canal.

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