Ohio University

Ohio University (HMA4A)

Location: Athens, OH 45701 Athens County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.646', W 82° 6.061'

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Manasseh Cutler, Rufus Putnam, Winthrop Sargeant, and Benjamin Tupper of the Ohio Company conceived Ohio University, which was encouraged by the Ordinance of 1787 and the Northwest Territorial Legislature in 1799, incorporated as the American Western University in 1802, and chartered by the Ohio State Legislature on February 18, 1804. The university is the first institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory, second west of the Allegheny Mountains, and the first in the United States to be endowed with land by the government with proceeds used to pay for its operations-revenue from two townships was set aside to support the university. Opened on June 1, 1809, as an academy with three students, Ohio University awarded its first undergraduate degrees in 1815.

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"Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." The Ordinance of 1787, Article III

"Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, that there shall be an University instituted and established in the town of Athens?by the name and style of the Ohio University." Land Laws for Ohio, 1804

Thomas Ewing and John Hunter, Class of 1815, earned the first college degrees in the Northwest Territory.

Cutler Hall, built between 1816-1819, is the oldest building dedicated to higher education in the Northwest Territory and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHMA4A
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number4-5
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 3:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 405100 N 4353691
Decimal Degrees39.32743333, -82.10101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.646', W 82° 6.061'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 38.76" N, 82° 6' 3.66" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-31 E Union St, Athens OH 45701, US
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