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Uniontown in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John Richards Buchtel

January 18, 1820 – May 23, 1892

 
 
John Richards Buchtel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. John Richards Buchtel Marker
Inscription.  John Richards Buchtel was born in Green Township, Ohio. A successful businessman and philanthropist, Buchtel was a leading spirit in the Akron Library Association. He donated to establish the Akron Public Library and served as the First Chairman of the Board. He also donated $31,000 in 1870 to found Buchtel College, which became The University of Akron in 1913, where he often paid the tuition of underprivileged students. He served as the college’s President of the Board of Trustees and served for the board of A & M University, which is now The Ohio State University.
 
Erected 2013 by Friends of Green Branch Library and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 46-77.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducation. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 40° 57.067′ N, 81° 28.02′ W. Marker is in Uniontown, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Town
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Park Boulevard west of Massillon Road (Ohio Route 241), on the right when traveling west. It is at the Green Branch Library, facing the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4046 Massillon Rd, Uniontown OH 44685, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coventry Township / Portage Lakes (approx. 4˝ miles away); Alaskan Totem Pole (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Soap Box Derby (approx. 6.1 miles away); Motorless Flight (approx. 6.3 miles away); Airdock (approx. 6.3 miles away); Akron Fulton Airport Champions Raceway (approx. 6.3 miles away); Karl Arnstein (approx. 6.3 miles away); Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Airship Hangar (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  John R. Buchtel. Excerpt:
In an address at his funeral, J. Park Alexander, a prominent Akron citizen who had known him intimately for years, said:

“To John R. Buchtel is due full credit for what Akron is today. He neither lagged nor shirked from his full share of any enterprise to build up Akron. — When Akron was a village, every step of improvement, each line of progress, every school, every church, all charities, had the assistance of this big-hearted man. — In every great contest that had for its object the betterment of the city or the inhabitants thereof, either morally, physically, intellectually, or religiously, John R. Buchtel
John Richards Buchtel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. John Richards Buchtel Marker
It is at the Green Branch Library, facing the parking lot.
was always on the right side — his banner never lowered when once a good cause was undertaken, until a complete victory was won.”
(Submitted on November 18, 2019.) 
 
John Richards Buchtel (1820–1892) image. Click for full size.
via the Little Cities Archive, Shawnee Ohio
3. John Richards Buchtel (1820–1892)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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