Oberlin, Ohio

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Oberlin is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States, to the south and west of Cleveland. Oberlin is perhaps best known for being the home of Oberlin College, a liberal arts college and music conservatory with approximately 3,000 students. The town is also the birthplace of the Anti-Saloon League.

The second largest employer in Oberlin (after the eponymous College) is the Federal Aviation Administration, which houses an Air Route Traffic Control Center in the town. Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center is one of the most transitioned air traffic control centers in the country, and oversees the airspace over six states and a small part of Canada.

Oberlin is governed by a city manager and a seven-member council which is elected to two-year terms in a non-partisan election. The current Oberlin city manager is Eric Norenberg. The current City Council is President Kenneth Sloane, Vice President Sharon Fairchild-Soucy, H. Scott Broadwell, Bryan Burgess, Elizabeth Meadows, Charles Peterson, and Kate Pilacky.

The population was 8,195 at the 2000 census.

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History

Oberlin was founded in 1833 by two Presbyterian ministers, John Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart. The pair had become friends while spending the summer of 1832 together in nearby Elyria and discovered a shared dissatisfaction with what they saw as the lack of strong Christian morals among the settlers of the American West. Their proposed solution was to create a religious community that would more closely adhere to Biblical commandments, along with a school for training Christian missionaries who would eventually spread out all over the American frontier. The two decided to name their community after Jean-Frédéric Oberlin (1740 - 1826), an Alsatian minister whose pedagogical achievements in a poor and remote area had greatly impressed and inspired them.

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