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Seth Iredell
Seth Iredell
Born: Pennsylvania, 1774
Died: Akron, Ohio, Summit County, 1854
Buried: Glendale Cemetery. Section 1, Akron, Ohio
Husband of Mary C. Iredell. Seth was a PA. Quaker storekeeper. On March 12, 1836, the Ohio State Legislature granted North Akron, Ohio, population 682, and South Akron, population 661, a single town charter. The first elections were held in June of 1836 at Clark's Tavern at the northeast corner of Main and Exchange Streets in Akron. This had been the first building constructed in the original town. Rivaly was strong between North and South Akron and most on both sides did not want to combine. (The Civil War a few years later would help to unite the two.) At the elections, both sides wanted someone they could trust for their first mayor. The running mates were a local man, Dr. Eliakim Crosby, who was thought to be an honest man as he was a medical doctor. The other was a former partner to Clark, of Clark's Tavern, Seth Iredell. Iredell had a small trading-type store in town and most had had dealings with him in the past.

Clark's Tavern is to the right in the photo. The two men (and the horses) are unidenified.
Everyone knew how Iredell had helped newcomers to the area, and had made sure that families low on cash were still able to get the food and equipment they needed to survive. He had never asked for any interest on his loans, it had always been, "just pay me when you get it." In some cases, when they got it he still wouldn't take it as he knew that it was all they had. Thus, Seth Iredell died with many people owing him money. Seth beat Dr. Crosby in the election for office of mayor thus making Iredell Akron, Ohio's first mayor. He served the people very well and once his term was up, he simply returned to running his small store. Seth's wife, Mary, had died in 1839 while he was serving his term as mayor.