Hudson in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Western Reserve College and Academy
With the help of town founder, David Hudson, Western Reserve College and its Academy were founded in 1826. Often called "The Yale of the West," the college saw success initially as nearly all of its professors and college presidents were Yale College graduates. Nationally, Western Reserve College became involved with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement 28 years before the Civil War began. Moreover, Western Reserve College established the Loomis Observatory, named for Elias Loomis, a Yale tutor and WRC professor, which is now the second oldest observatory in the United States. The Western Reserve College moved to Cleveland in 1882 and eventually became Case Western Reserve University while the Academy remained in Hudson. Today, the Western Reserve Academy is one of the nation's oldest and most respected independent college preparatory schools.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Western Reserve Academy, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 14.738′ N, 81° 26.248′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson OH 44236, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); North College (within shouting distance of this marker); Middle College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); President's House (about 300 feet away); Loomis Observatory (about 700 feet away); First Log House in Summit County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hudson and the Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Congregational Church of Hudson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Also see . . .
1. History of Western Reserve Academy. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Case Western Reserve University. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Loomis Observatory. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. History of Hudson, Ohio. (Submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Education • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.