Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University (HMJBN)

Location: Ada, OH 45810 Hardin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 45.933', W 83° 49.4'

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Henry Solomon Lehr founded Ohio Northern University in 1871 as the Northwestern Ohio Normal School. Its purpose was to train teachers and to provide higher education to the people in Northwest Ohio. In 1885, the school became Ohio Normal University. The new name recognized that the institution drew students from all over Ohio and the nation, and offered courses in many disciplines, including literature, music, business, telegraphy, and law, as well as teacher training. Beginning with 131 students, the institution's enrollment grew rapidly during its first thirty years of existence. Buildings on the early campus included Dukes Memorial (left), built in 1905; the Normal School Building, built in 1871 and demolished in 1915 to make way for Lehr Memorial (center); and Hill Building (right) finished in 1879. The Methodist Episcopal Church (predecessor to the United Methodist Church) assumed control in 1899. Ohio Normal University became Ohio Northern University in 1903. On June 3, 1910, President William Howard Taft delivered that year's commencement address near this spot.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number14-33
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe County Connection Club, Ohio Northern University, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 261699 N 4516566
Decimal Degrees40.76555000, -83.82333333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 45.933', W 83° 49.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 45' 55.98" N, 83° 49' 24.00" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515-525 S Main St, Ada OH 45810, US
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