Ephraim Cutler, born on December 13, 1767 in Edgartown, Massachusetts, was a politician, real estate speculator, pioneer, and one of the founders of the Ohio Company of Associates. Cutler and his father sold roughly 50% of the land granted to the Ohio Company by the Confederation Congress. He also helped to establish Ames Township, what is now Amesville, in 1797. Cutler is remembered for expanding Ohio’s markets which directly enabled a property tax that enabled public education to be funded in 1825. Cutler became a charter member and first librarian of the Coonskin Library in 1804. Cutler also served as Delegate to 1802 Ohio Constitutional Convention from Washington County. Ephraim Cutler died on July 8, 1853 in Belpre, Ohio. Ephraim Cutler was made a Great Ohioan in 2020.
This picture is an engraving by A.H. Ritchie from a book by Charles M. Walker, courtesy of the State Library of Ohio.