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Lebanon Academy, Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio
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Lebanon Academy

The Lebanon Academy was incorporated 19 Feb 1844 by 117 stockholders led by William Charters, Amos Barr, William Russell, Joseph Anderson and Robert Boake. A building was erected that same year on land acquired from Ebed & Polly Stowell and is still standing. The academy opened September 1, 1844 with C. C. Giles the first principal..

On 24 November 24 1855, the building and equipment was transferred to the newly formed Southwestern Normal School which later became National Normal University

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Lebanon Academy Marker on Building reads
"Lebanon Academy
Historical Marker - Front Historical Marker - Back

The historical marker placed by the Lebanon Rotary Club - Chartered 1920 is inscribed,

"The Lebanon Academy school was opened in 1844. Built in the Greek Revival style, it has a pediment roof, and three column-like brick piers. In 1854, an attempt to make it a school of science failed. The first session of the Southwestern Normal School began here in 1855. A college for training teachers, it was founded by Alfred Holbrook.

"The college was soon known as the National Normal University. The academy was part of it until 1895. In 1900, it was sold at public auction for $2,125. In 1913, it was rented to the Lebanon Village Schools. They bought it in 1920, and held elementary classes here for nearly 50 years. The academy was purchased by the city in 1975."



Looking for your contributions of information regarding any Lebanon Academy teachers or students to add to this page.

Beller, Blackburn, Corwin, Drake, Dyche, Hough, Morris, Mounts, Pomeroy, Satterwhite, Stephens, Wilson,

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  • Rev. William Beller
    • Beers History of Warren County, page 726,
      "Our subject attended the common schools of the county after which he took a course at the Academy of Lebanon. He also took a theological course in Crawford County College, from which he graduated in 1854."
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  • Thomas J. Blackburn
    • Beers History of Warren County, page 967,
      "reared in Lebanon, receiving his education in the village schools and the academy."
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  • Quincy Corwin (3 Dec 1841-15 Apr 1908)

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  • Dr. Ithamar H. Drake
    • from 18 Dec 1890 Lebanon Gazette Obituary,
      "The Commercial Gazette announced on December 10th the death of Dr. Ithamar H. Drake, at Shelbyville, Indiana, of heart disdease, in the sixty-second year of his age. Dr. Drake was the son of the late Peter Drake, of Turtlecreek Township, and was one of the first pupils of the Lebanon academy"
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  • Dr. D. T. D. Dyche
    • from Beers History of Warren County, page 737
      "he attended a country school during his youth, and later studied the higher mathematics and the classics at the Lebanon Academy, he also took a course of study under an eminent Irish professor, who taught a private school in the neighborhood of his home at Red Lion"
  • Dr. Raper Dyche
    • from obituary in 10 Aug 1893 Western Star,
      "Dr. Dyche was a native of Warren county, was born near Monroe, was a student at the Lebanon Academy during the Rev. Chauncy G. Giles's regime, and spent his early manhood here."
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  • William Judson Morris (1835-1911)
    • "William Judson Morris", The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday, December 21, 1911
      " . . . His son, Judson, the subject of this notice, obtained a good English education at the Lebanon Academy, and at the time of his death was probably one of the few surviving person who were present as a student at the opening of that institution in 1845. . . ."
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  • Dr. James L. Mounts
    • from Beers History of Warren County page 1025,
      "He attended the district school in the winter; attended the Lebanon Academy in the winter of 1849—50, and one year at the Ohio Wesleyan University. He taught school one year at the Zoar Schoolhouse In 1852, he commenced the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. J. T. Couden; he attended lectures at the Starling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio"
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  • Professor John Norton Pomeroy, LL.D.
    • from obituary in the 25 Feb 1885 Lebanon Gazette,
      "Professor Pomeroy was assistant teacher at the Academy for three years, from 1847 to 1850, first under Mr. C. C. Giles, and afterwards Mr. John A. Smith."
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  • Harriet Ellen (Stephens) Satterwhite (25 Mar 1836 - 28 Oct 1904)
    • from obituary in 10 November 1904Western Star,
      "She was the only daughter of Aaron and sarah Stephens - and was educated at the old academy in Lebanon."
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  • Harriet Ellen (Stephens) Satterwhite (25 Mar 1836 - 28 Oct 1904)
    • from obituary in 10 November 1904Western Star,
      "She was the only daughter of Aaron and sarah Stephens - and was educated at the old academy in Lebanon."
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