G. W. Shurtleff
"The steadily growing influence of the Civil War veterans in public affiars was shown by the election in April of General G. W. Shurtleff as mayor."* Following General Shurtleff's service as an Union officer in the Civil War, he served as the Mayor of Oberlin in 1868. He later served as treaurer of Oberlin College and as president of the Oberlin Board of Commerce. Shurtleff later became active in such community development projects as the effort to build a railroad from connecting Lorain and Perry Counties and the Anti-Saloon League. In 1890, Oberlin supported Shurtleff in his attempt as candidate for Congress in the twentieth district. G. W. Shurtleff died in 1904.
* Wilbur H. Phillips, Oberlin Colony: The Story of a Century (Oberlin, 1933), p. 118.
Source: Wilbur H. Phillips, Oberlin Colony: The Story of a Century (Oberlin, 1933).
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