Place:Bryan, Williams, Ohio, United States

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NameBryan
TypeCity
Coordinates41.473°N 84.552°W
Located inWilliams, Ohio, United States
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Bryan is a city in Northwestern Ohio in the United States. The population was 8,545 at the 2010 census. The city is the seat of Williams County, and the largest city in the county.

History

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Bryan was settled in 1840 and incorporated as a village in 1841. It was reincorporated as a city in 1941. In 1950 Bryan had a population of 6,365 people.

Williams County were originally part of Defiance County, with Defiance as the county seat. The area was later split into Williams and Defiance counties.[1] Bryan was named the seat for the new county,[1] but not without conflict; the village of Montpelier was considered a more centralized location. The people of Montpelier petitioned the state, but in the end Bryan was named county seat because of its greater industrial and commercial importance and because of its higher population. To this day, many people still argue about the state's decision and a rivalry of sorts remains between the two communities.

A strip of Williams County north of Bryan was originally part of a conflict, the Toledo War, between Ohio and Michigan. Both states claimed the land, the Toledo Strip, which was named for the port city of Toledo at its eastern end. The conflict was eventually resolved in favor of Ohio, with Michigan being compensated with what is now the western Upper Peninsula.

The Williams County Courthouse in downtown Bryan was completed in 1890. It is the third courthouse to occupy the property.[1]

Bryan is the hometown of Bob Hartman, founder of the Christian rock pioneer group "Petra", and Mark Winegardner, chosen to be the author of the novel The Godfather Returns.


Bryan, Ohio, The East Side, 1910 or before

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