Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Van Cleve
John Van Cleve, Benjamin Van Cleve's son, made his own mark on Dayton as an intellectual, a political activist, and an advocate for a more beautiful city. Van Cleve studied botany, mathematics, and music. He served as the mayor of Dayton and published a log cabin newspaper that achieved national recognition. With foresight to desire a beautiful city, John walked the streets of Dayton making lists of needed improvements. He went into the woods and brought back trees and flowers to beautify the city, including enough trees to line Main Street and both sides of the riverbank. Envisioning a pastoral cemetery, he planned and developed Woodland Cemetery overlooking the city. Like his father, John ensured that Dayton retained its history. He collected newspapers, society reports, and local meeting minutes and placed them in the Dayton library. John Van Cleve weighed over 300 pounds and was so sensitive about his appearance that he refused to sit for a picture. The above image, from a private collection, was labeled “John Van Cleve.” Despite the historical evidence presented by the image, whether it is actually John Van Cleve remains a mystery.
Erected by Montgomery County, City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Miami Conservancy District, et al.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is on a concrete pillar in Van Cleve Park, part of RiverScape Metro Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Van Cleve (a few steps from this marker); 1905 Wright Flyer III (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birth of Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Newcom Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Cleve Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 / And The Rivers Flowed Through The City (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles F. Kettering (within shouting distance of this marker); "The History of the World is the Biography of Great Men" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . . John Van Cleve. (Submitted on September 9, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on January 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.