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Philo Scovill

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Philo came to Cleveland in 1816 at a time when only 27 families lived in the county. He settled in Brooklyn Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio where he built a sawmill along Big Creek and began a lumber company with Thomas O. Young. Shortly after, he moved into the contracting business building houses.
He was the builder of the tavern and hotel "Franklin House" in 1825 (the hotel/tavern was on Superior Street near the Rockefeller Building in downtown Cleveland). His success allowed him to amass 110 acres of land in the heart of Cleveland. He bought a farm in Parma and lived there for two years.
Philo Scovill is buried in Erie Street Cemetery in Cleveland.
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