Moses Cleaveland may have headed Connecticut Land Company’s survey along the Western Reserve’s southern shore of Lake Erie—you know, establishing the area that became his namesake—but it wasn’t until 40 years later that Cleveland officially became a city on March 6, 1836.
Everything in The City’s history changed when Dartmouth-educated East Coast ruler of wit, lawyer John W Willey, came to town in 1822. After becoming a legislative fixture, first in Ohio’s House of Representatives then in the Ohio Senate, he solidified his standing in the northeast by drafting CLE’s municipal charter—you know, the doc that inaugurated Cleveland as a city. Pay homage.
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