Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Burton Egbert Stevenson
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.
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, is named for him.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library, and
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 S. Paint Street, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America.
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); 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 (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Court House Renovation (approx. ¼ mile away); Donald E. McHenry (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Military • Notable Persons • War, World I •
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