Theodore Elijah Burton / Dover Farm

Theodore Elijah Burton / Dover Farm (HM2H3R)

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N 41° 27.587', W 81° 57.87'

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1851-1929        /

Born in Jefferson, Ohio, Theodore E. Burton graduated from Oberlin
College and became a prominent Cleveland attorney. He was elected
to Congress in 1888 and served from 1889-91, 1895-1909, and
1921-28. He was elected U.S. Senator in 1908 and 1928 and was
a leading contender for the U.S. Presidency in 1916. Due to his
work in saving Niagara Falls from development and his opposition
to wasteful waterways projects, President Theodore Roosevelt
appointed Burton chairman of the Inland Waterways Commission in
1907 and the National Waterways Commission in 1909. Burton is
credited with pushing legislation through Congress that authorized
the construction of the Panama Canal and negotiating agreements
to ensure its neutrality. He lobbied to fight wasteful spending
and influence of big business and sponsored the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890. As president of the American Peace Society,
Burton hosted the First World Conference on International Justice
in Cleveland in 1928, attended by 13,000, including world leaders.

Dover Farm. Thomas Hurst (1806-1861), who settled in Dover Township after 1830 and began a successful sheep farming operation, erected the brick house on Dover Farm in 1838 as the center of the 3,500-acre farm. The first English settler in Dover Township, Hurst came from Northamptonshire as a prosperous

and experienced farmer. For years, Dover Farm was one of the largest farms in the county. The house, a classic example of Green Revival architecture, was probably built by the Leneghen brothers, who created Stone Eagle Farm, the residence of brother William Hurt that stands a mile west of here. Thomas H. Hurst, son of the original owner, lived here until 1894. The house is pictured in 1874 atlas of Cuyahoga County and was recorded by Historic American Buildings Survey in 1836. From 1800-13 Dover Farm was the country residence of U.S. Senator Theodore E. Burton. The house was previously a nursing home, then abandoned, and was restored in 1998-2002.
HM NumberHM2H3R
Year Placed2002
Placed ByThe Steven McQuillin-Rodney Ickes Family and the Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 419449 N 4590248
Decimal Degrees41.45978333, -81.96450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 27.587', W 81° 57.87'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 27' 35.22" N, 81° 57' 52.2" W
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