Near Ravenna in Portage County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Benjamin Tappan, Jr.
The founder of Ravenna Township in 1799, Benjamin Tappan Jr. led a distinguished life of public service. An aggressive force in local politics, he served in the Ohio Senate from 1803 to 1805, as judge of the fifth circuit court of common pleas from 1816 to 1823, and as federal district judge from 1826 to 1833. Tappan served as aide-de-camp to Major General Elijah Wadsworth following the surrender of Detroit in the War of 1812, provisioning and arming local militia units defending the northwestern frontier against a possible British invasion. (continued on other side)
A proponent of internal improvements, Tappan chaired the Ohio Canal Commission from 1822 to 1834 during its formative era. A Jacksonian Democrat "of ... intractable disposition," anti-slavery but not an abolitionist like brothers Arthur and Lewis, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1839. There he sponsored legislation in 1844 creating the Smithsonian Institution. He also served as the first president of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio in 1831. Tappan's first Ohio home stood 250 feet north.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1799.
Location. 41° 8.334′ N, 81° 12.021′ W. Marker is near Ravenna, Ohio, in Portage County. Marker is on Cleveland East Liverpool Road (Ohio Route 14) 0.2 miles north of Hayes Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenna OH 44266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole (approx. 2.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln, Ravenna, Ohio (approx. 2.8 miles away); Rootstown (approx. 3.6 miles away); Ephraim Root (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Underground Railroad/Escaping Slavery In Eastern Ohio (approx. 7.4 miles away); Kent State University (approx. 7˝ miles away); Old Stagecoach Inn / Historic Palmyra Center (approx. 8.2 miles away); Kent and the Underground Railroad (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ravenna.
More about this marker. This marker is incorrectly numbered 2-67 on its face. Its number in the lists of The Ohio Historical Society is 3-67.
Also see . . . Benjamin Tappan a FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2021, by Robert Baughman of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.