Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad

Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (HM8YV)

Location: Urbana, OH 43078 Champaign County
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N 40° 6.513', W 83° 45.458'

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Champaign County residents James [sic-Joseph] Vance (1786-1852) and John H. James (1800-1881) were among the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad's first officers, serving as president and treasurer, respectively. Vance emerged as a leader in the War of 1812 and, in the same year, was elected to public office. In 1836, Vance resigned as president of the railroad to become the twelfth governor of Ohio. Finances for the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad were obtained in large measure through the efforts of Urbana resident John H. James, a prominent attorney, politician, and banker. As treasurer, James managed a grant of $200,000 provided by the state with the 1832 charter and other state loans of credit. James became president of the railroad in 1836, serving in a dual capacity of president and treasurer until 1842, when James Vance again became president.
HM NumberHM8YV
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number27-11
Year Placed2007
Placed ByWest Central Ohio Port Authority and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 264966 N 4443450
Decimal Degrees40.10855000, -83.75763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 6.513', W 83° 45.458'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 6' 30.78" N, 83° 45' 27.48" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 Washington St, Urbana OH 43078, US
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