Chester Township, Geauga County, Ohio

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Chester Township, Geauga County, Ohio
Former Chester Township District School No. 2
Location of Chester Township in Geauga County
Location of Chester Township in Geauga County
Coordinates: 41°31′53″N 81°20′37″W / 41.53139°N 81.34361°W / 41.53139; -81.34361Coordinates: 41°31′53″N 81°20′37″W / 41.53139°N 81.34361°W / 41.53139; -81.34361
Country United States
State Ohio
County Geauga
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (60.8 km2)
 • Land 23.5 sq mi (60.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,220 ft (372 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 10,968
 • Density 467.4/sq mi (180.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-13988[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086151[1]

Chester Township is one of the sixteen townships of Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 10,968 people in the township.[3]


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

No municipalities are located in Chester Township, although the census-designated place of Chesterland is located in the township's center.

Name and history[edit]

Chester Township was established in 1816.[4]

It is one of five Chester Townships statewide.[5]


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.

Notable people[edit]

  • Fordyce R. Melvin, Wisconsin State Assemblyman, farmer, and businessman, was born in the township.[7]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Geauga County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Pioneer and General History of Geauga County: With Sketches of Some of the Pioneers and Prominent Men. Historical Society of Geauga County. 1880. p. 98. 
  5. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  7. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1979,' Biographical Sketch of Fordyce R. Melvin, pg. 493

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