Mesopotamia Township, Trumbull County, Ohio

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Mesopotamia Township, Trumbull County, Ohio
Civil township
Buildings on the village green at Mesopotamia Center
Buildings on the village green at Mesopotamia Center
Municipalities and townships of Trumbull County.
Municipalities and townships of Trumbull County.
Coordinates: 41°27′46″N 80°56′43″W / 41.46278°N 80.94528°W / 41.46278; -80.94528Coordinates: 41°27′46″N 80°56′43″W / 41.46278°N 80.94528°W / 41.46278; -80.94528
Country United States
State Ohio
County Trumbull
Area
 • Total 27.1 sq mi (70.1 km2)
 • Land 27.1 sq mi (70.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 850 ft (259 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,051
 • Density 112.7/sq mi (43.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44439
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-49210[2]
GNIS feature ID 1087040[1]

Mesopotamia Township is one of the twenty-four townships of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,051 people in the township.[3]

Geography[edit]

Located in the northwestern corner of the county, it borders the following townships:

No municipalities are located in Mesopotamia Township.

Name[edit]

It is the only Mesopotamia Township statewide.[4]

History[edit]

In 1798 Pierpont Edwards of Connecticut paid $2500.00 for the 25 square miles (65 km²) of wilderness in modern-day Trumbull County, Ohio that today is Mesopotamia Township.

The following spring, John Stark Edwards, just out of college, journeyed alone on foot, carrying an ax and knapsack, across the Pennsylvania frontier into the tangled forest. Encouraged by the new lands that he saw, he decided to begin a settlement. He offered 100 acres (0.4 km²) of free land to the first five families to come and stay five years, and fifty acres (0.2 km²) to the first five single men. These men were Seth Tracey, Capt. Hezekiah Sperry, Joseph Noyles, Otis Guild, and Dr. Joseph Clark.

Beginning in 1809, mail was brought on foot from Warren and left in Seth Tracy's hat. Mesopotamia Township was then in the District of Troy, but mail mix-ups with the other two Troys in Ohio bothered residents. To resolve this, the name Mesopotamia, meaning "land between two rivers," was chosen in 1819. Like the Near Eastern land of that name, it is located between two fertile streams: the Grand and Cuyahoga Rivers.

Notable people[edit]

  • Leander F. Frisby, Wisconsin Attorney General[5]
  • Sean J. Sloan, Orange County California Turnaround CFO and Corporate Surgeon - even though growing up in Cortland Ohio, would play marbles with the local Amish children at the nearby Bloomfield Flea Market, while helping his grandparents at their popcorn and candied apple stand.

Government[edit]

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[6] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

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