Ohio History Journal

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In the space of a short sketch it is impossible to write a com-

prehensive history of this 113-year-old society. When it is real-

ized that the first effort to form a historical society in Ohio was

made in 1822, only 27 years after the signing of the Treaty of

Greenville, one can only wonder at the temerity of the scattered

residents whose ambitions at that time were doomed to failure.

Ohio was developing fast, however, and on February 11, 1831,

the legislature passed another Act of Incorporation, the refer-

ence being Vol. 39, Local Laws, page 122, Sec. 1 which begins:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, that

Benjamin Tappan, John C. Wright and Doctor John Andrews of Steuben-

ville, Arius Nye and Doctor S. P. Hildreth of Marietta, Appleton Downer,

Doctor T. Flanner and E. Buckingham of Zanesville, Thomas James, B. G.

Leonard and James T. Worthington of Chillicothe, Gustavus Swan, John

M. Edmiston, Alfred Kelley and Doctor Benjamin Platt of Columbus,

Joseph S. Sullivant of Franklinton, Doctor E. Cooper of Newark, R. H.

Bishop, Thomas Kelly and James McBride of Butler County, Dr. J. Cobb,

Dr. Elijah Slack, N. Longworth, John P. Foote and Timothy Flint of

Cincinnati, John Sloane, of Wayne County, Jared P. Kirtland of Trumbull

County, Samuel Wheeler of Geauga County, Ebenezer Lane of Huron

County and William Wall of Athens, and such other persons as may from

time to time become members shall be and are hereby constituted a body cor-

porate, etc. . . .

Provided always, That the funds of said corporation shall not be used

and appropriated to the purpose of banking . . . That any five persons

named in the first section of this Act shall have power to call a meeting

of said Society for the election of their officers and the transaction of such

other business as may be necessary and proper, etc. . . . No person shall

be admitted a member of this Society who is not a resident of Ohio and

21 years of age--but honorary membership shall be obtainable for those

persons distinguished for their talents, knowledge, science or worth in any

part of the world. ...