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Moses Cleaveland

  • Birth 29 Jan 1754 Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 1806 Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot Family
  • Memorial ID 8218226

Frontiersman. The founder of Cleveland, Ohio, he was a Continental Army soldier, Yale scholar, lawyer and a surveyor. In 1796, the Northwest Territory in which Cleveland is located was purchased at five cents an acre by the Connecticut Land Company. Moses Cleaveland was selected as agent to survey the land and lay out a city with small lots to entice Easterners to buy and move to the new promise land. He left Connecticut with an entourage of fifty men. The party included civil engineers, an astronomer, a mathematician, a commissary and helpers which laid out a town plan with a central square from which the streets extended out into the region. He put his official signature on the completed map and the town was called Cleaveland. Years later, a news writer left out the "a" and the revised spelling was accepted. No other city in America exists today as laid out by its founder. He returned to Connecticut, worked as a lawyer for the rest of his life but never re-visited the city of his founding. However, he expounded a prediction that Cleveland would someday be home to fifteen thousand people because of its ideal location.

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  • Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
  • Added: 29 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8218226
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Moses Cleaveland (29 Jan 1754–16 Nov 1806), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8218226, citing Cleaveland Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .