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Simon Perkins was an early settler and surveyor of the Western Reserve of Connecticut, which would later become northeast Ohio. He played a large role in the founding of Akron, Ohio.

Biography

Statue of Simon Perkins in front of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron

Simon Perkins was born on September 17, 1771, in Norwich, Connecticut. At a young age, he became involved in real estate, and was a member of the Erie Land Company. In 1798, he was dispatched to the Connecticut Western Reserve to survey the Erie Land Company's property, with the company placing him in complete control of its lands in the Western Reserve. In 1815, his land tax alone accounted for one-seventh of the entire land tax collected in the state of Ohio.

He was the first postmaster in the Connecticut Western Reserve, and in 1807, established a mail route to Detroit by negotiating a treaty with Native American.

In 1808, Perkins became a brigadier-general in the Ohio militia. In the War of 1812, he defended the northwestern portion of Ohio from Native American and British attack after General William Hull's surrender of Detroit in the fall of 1812.

After the war, Perkins served as president of the Western Reserve Bank for twenty-three years. He was also a member of the Ohio Board of Canal Commissioners. He also helped survey the city of Akron, now known as South Akron, in 1825. Perkins died on November 19, 1844, at his home in Warren, Ohio.

References

Ohio History Central (July 1, 2005). "Simon Perkins". Ohio Historical Society. http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=300. Retrieved May 2, 2009.  


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