History/Tourism

Delaware County Roots: Joseph Benson Foraker

18 Dec , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This “Delaware County Roots” series reveals short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

Today’s subject, Joseph B. Foraker, is one of many who came to Delaware to study at Ohio Wesleyan University. It may be the only one who ended up with a prominent mountain named after him – Mount Foraker, the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, and the third highest peak in the United States, was named for him in 1899.

Born in Hillsboro County, Foraker came to Delaware in 1866 after service in the Union Army during the US Civil War. He had enlisted at the age of 16 and had fought for almost three years, ending with the rank of Captain.

Foraker’s two years in Delaware proved to be a turning point in his life. During his studies at Ohio Wesleyan, he studied with well-known professors of the day, including Professor William G. Williams, who taught Greek, and Astronmy Professor Hiram Perkins, for whom the Perkins Observatory is named. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware Roots: Senator Preston B. Plumb

11 Dec , 2022  

By: 1808Delaware

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This series will reveal short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

One such person was a trailblazing newspaper entrepreneur who was both a Delaware County native and who served as a United States Senator, a man with the name of Preston B. Plumb. More…

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Delaware County Roots: The War Governor

25 Jun , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This series will reveal short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

The second Governor of the State of Kansas was a native Delaware Countian.

He was also someone so respected by his constituents that he earned the nickname, “The War Governor.”

His name was Thomas Carney, and he was born in 1824 near Berkshire. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware County Roots: Willa Beatrice Player

25 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. Our Delaware County Roots series shares short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

A pacseetting American educator once spent a handful of years living in the city of Delaware while attending Ohio Wesleyan University.

Willa Beatrice Player has the distinction of serving as the first African American woman in US history to serve as president of an accredited, four-year college. More…

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