Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio
|• Total||20.8 sq mi (53.8 km2)|
|• Land||20.4 sq mi (52.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||1,004 ft (306 m)|
|• Density||668.0/sq mi (257.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
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Located in the western part of the county, it borders the following townships and cities:
- Bath Township - north
- Fairlawn - northeast
- Akron - east
- Norton - south
- Wadsworth Township, Medina County - southwest corner
- Sharon Township, Medina County - west
- Granger Township, Medina County - northwest corner
Several populated places are located in Copley Township:
- The census-designated place of Pigeon Creek, in the northwest
- The unincorporated community of Montrose, on the northern boundary with Bath Township
Parts of the original Copley Township are now in Akron or Fairlawn.
Name and history
It is the only Copley Township statewide.
Copley was originally called Greenfield, after Gardiner Green (son-in-law of painter John Singleton Copley), who owned a large portion of the township. Later on he changed the name to Copley, the maiden name of his wife.
On August 7, 2011, a series of shootings occurred in Copley Township which resulted in the deaths of 7 people, and the injury of another. The perpetrator, Michael E. Hance, was shot and killed by rifle by Copley Township police officer Ben Campbell, who received the call while off-duty.
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, 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 natives and residents
- John F. Seiberling, U.S. Representative from Ohio
- Betty Sutton, U.S. Representative from Ohio
- Carrie Coon, actress
- Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State
- Josh Williams, defender for the Columbus Crew
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Summit County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Archived 2016-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
- "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
- "Gardiner Greene". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
- Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 34.
- Doyle, William B. (1908). Centennial HIstory of Summit County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Publishing Company. p. 102.
When the Northern Ohio Railroad was built, in 1891, it gave Copley an outlet, and was the means of starting a new hamlet -- Fairlawn, which now boasts a mill, general store, smithy, etc.
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
- NPL Site Narrative for Copley Square Plaza, NPL, Superfund, US EPA: