Geauga Seminary

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Geauga Seminary in Chesterland Ohio

The Geauga Seminary (also known as Western Reserve Labor Seminary) was a Free Will Baptist school in Chester Township, Geauga County, Ohio. President James Garfield attended the Seminary.


The school was founded in 1842 by the Western Reserve Free-Will Baptist Society and the first building was constructed in 1843.[1] Its charter prohibited any discrimination based upon race or gender. Early professors at the school included George H. Ball and Ransom Dunn, both Free Baptist clergymen from New England. President James Garfield met his wife Lucretia Garfield (Randolph) while attending Geauga. When the school closed in 1853,[2] most of its assets were acquired by Hillsdale College in Michigan, another Free Will Baptist institution.[3] The Seminary building was demolished in 1927.[4]

Notable people affiliated with Geauga[edit]

President James A. Garfield and Lucretia Garfield


  1. ^ Pioneer and General History of Geauga County: With Sketches of Some of the Pioneers and Prominent Men. Historical Society of Geauga County. 1880.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Arlan K. (1991). Historic Hillsdale College: Pioneer in Higher Education, 1844-1900. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale College Press. pp. 30–31. ISBN 0-916308-79-0.
  3. ^ Historical Collections Made by the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan. Michigan Historical Commission. 1907.
  4. ^ Chester Township: Gateway to Geauga, Nov 8, 2012 by Ty Pilarczyk