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Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burton Egbert Stevenson

 
 
Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 21, 2008
1. Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  [Marker Front]:
Born in Chillicothe in 1872, Burton Stevenson's life was devoted to the written word as a prolific author and anthologist, and as a librarian. Following stints as a journalist while a student at Princeton University and then at newspapers in Chillicothe, Stevenson became the librarian of the city's public library in 1899. He held the post for 58 years. Stevenson helped secure a Carnegie Library for Chillicothe, completed in 1906, and became prominent for his service during World War I. He founded a library at Camp Sherman (an army training camp north of the city), which became a model for others nationally.

[Marker Reverse}:
Stevenson then went to Paris as the European director of the Library War Service. After the Armistice in 1918, he established the American Library in Paris and directed it until 1920 and again from 1925 - 1930. In addition to accomplishments as a librarian, he wrote or compiled more than 50 books, including The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet (1912), the Home Book of Quotations (1934), and many works for young people. Stevenson died in 1962. Stevenson Center, at Ohio University-Chillicothe,
Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 21, 2008
2. Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker (Side B)
is named for him.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-71.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkEducationWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
 
Location. 39° 19.792′ N, 82° 58.882′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker is on Paint Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in front of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 S Paint Street, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Lucy Ware Webb Hayes / Lucy Webb Hayes, 1831 - 1889 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Underground Railroad in Chillicothe / Ross County (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Replica of Ohio's First Capitol (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Site in Journalism (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chillicothe Gazette (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Ohio's First Statehouse
Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 21, 2008
3. Burton Egbert Stevenson Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Court House Renovation (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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