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Myron T. Herrick

Myron T. Herrick's home at 2187 Overlook Road stood where the boundary line between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights does strange things. Cleveland dips up into Cleveland Heights and down again. The story is that Mr. Herrick was persuaded by his friend Patrick Calhoun to buy a lot and build in Euclid Heights as Cleveland Heights was known at that time. Later it suited Mr. Herrick better to have an address in the city of Cleveland, and vote there. It was "arranged" to have the boundary changed. That residence, now Overlook House is in Cleveland and the house next door is in Cleveland Heights.


Mr. Herrick was born in Huntington, Lorain County, Ohio on October 9, 1854. As a young man he entered Oberlin College but left to go west, as was the custom of many young men of that day. He found work on a newspaper in St. Louis. Having saved several hundred dollars he returned to Ohio and entered Ohio Wesleyan, form which he was graduated. He came to Cleveland and studied law

Myron T. Herrick

and was admitted to the bar in 1878.

Mr. Herrick practiced law and became interested in many business undertakings. His integrity became known throughout the business world. A friend failed to pay a note which Mr. Herrick had signed. He paid the note in full. Honesty is valued in the business world. So it is not surprising that the Society for Savings appointed Mr. Herrick secretary in 1888.

Civic affairs claimed his attention next. He served on the City Council from 1885 to 1888. As a registered Republican, he served in many capacities in the political world. He was governor of Ohio from 1903 to 1905. In 1912 President Taft appointed him Ambassador to France. When Mr. Wilson was elected by the Democrats, Mr. Herrick offered to resign. But President Wilson asked him to stay on and he was of great value to the Allies and to the French during World War I. In 1921 Mr. Herrick was honored by being names Ambassador Plenipotentiary to France.

His death on March 31, 1929 ended a splendid career of service in law, business, civic affairs, and diplomacy.

Reprinted with permission from “The Proud Heritage of Cleveland Heights,” © 1965 by the Women’s Civic Club of Cleveland Heights
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