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Willoughby in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847
Willoughby Female Seminary 1847-1856
 
The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 Marker (Side A) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
1. The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 Marker (Side A)
 
Inscription.
Side A: The Willoughby University of Lake Erie, Medical College, 1834-1847
The village of Chagrin, founded in 1798, changed its name in 1834 to honor Dr. Westel Willoughby, a pioneer medical educator. That same year, the Willoughby University of Lake Erie was chartered, and the Willoughby Medical College opened its doors, signaling the beginning of medical education in northern Ohio. The Medical College trained 160 doctors, educated in contemporary methods of medicine, anatomy, chemistry, and surgery. Financial struggles and public outcry against grave-robbing -- which supplied cadavers for anatomy classes -- hampered the college's development. The movement of faculty to Cleveland and the transfer of the state charter to Columbus hastened the demise of the Medical College in 1847, and laid the foundation for the establishment of the medical schools of Case Western and Ohio State universities.
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Side B: Willoughby Female Seminary, 1847-1856
(Continued from other side)
The Willoughby University of Lake Erie also pioneered higher education for women in Ohio. The Willoughby Female Seminary, patterned after Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, offered a three-year course in mathematics, music, art, ancient and modern languages, and philosophy. The Female Seminary opened in 1847
 
Willoughby Female Seminary 1847-1856 Marker (Side B) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
2. Willoughby Female Seminary 1847-1856 Marker (Side B)
 
at the vacated medical building and proved far more popular than its predecessor, enrolling 100 students its first year. The women's college prospered until a fire destroyed its imposing three-story brick building in 1856. Painesville citizens were more successful than those of Willoughby in raising funds for rebuilding the school, and opened the Lake Erie Female Seminary, now known as Lake Erie College, in 1859.
 
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Willoughby, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-43.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 38.319′ N, 81° 24.44′ W. Marker is in Willoughby, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is on Euclid Avenue (U.S. 20) near Sharpe Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Wes Point Park (the public square). Marker is in this post office area: Willoughby OH 44094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Four Institutions of Learning (within shouting distance of this marker); Willoughby Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Willoughby Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A. Y. Austin Post 74, G.A.R. Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Airborne Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kirtland Temple (approx. 2.5 miles away); Front Porch Campaign (approx. 3.4 miles away); Campaign Office (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Willoughby.
 
The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
3. The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 Marker
Looking north along Euclid Avenue
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Lake Erie College. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Willoughby, Ohio. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Jared Kirtland. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. History of Willoughby. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 337 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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