Biography of Seymour H. Babcock
North Central Ohio Biographies

Seymour Henry Babcock. Holding high rank in educational circles in North Central Ohio is Seymour Henry Babcock, who is superintendent of the Medina County schools. He was born near Allegan, Mich., Oct. 10, 1886, the son of Orin Henry and Anna C. (White) Babcock.

Orin Henry Babcock was born at Adrian, Mich., in 1847. He engaged in the lumber business in early life, and in 1891 came to Ohio and settled in Geauga County, where he successfully followed general farming until his death in 1928. He is buried at Chardon, Ohio. His wife was the daughter of John and Mary (Fields) White, of Allegan County, Mich. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Babcock: Seymour Henry, the subject of this sketch; and Benjamin F., automobile dealer, lives at Chardon, Ohio.

The early education of Seymour Henry Babcock was received in the Chardon schools, and after his graduation from high school in 1903 he engaged in teaching school for two years. He then spent one year at Oberlin College, afterward accepting the position of a township superintendent in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Mr. Babcock took advantage of his leisure hours and took correspondence work, including a law course from the American Extension University, of Los Angeles, Calif. He also took further work at Chicago University, Cleveland School of Education, Western Reserve University, and Akron University. From 1911 until 1914 Mr. Babcock served as school superintendent at Huntsburg, Geauga County, Ohio, and from 1914 to 1919 was assistant county superintendent of the Geauga County school system. He also spent one year as superintendent of schools at Chester, Ohio, and then became assistant county superintendent of Medina County schools. In 1921 he was appointed superintendent of county schools by the Medina County Board of Education, which position he now holds.

Mr. Babcock was married on May 26, 1923, to Miss Ardis M. Merrick, the daughter of Fred and Josephine Merrick. Mr. Merrick, for many years identified with the American Tobacco Company, died in 1924, and is buried at Strongsvile, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Babcock have two children: Helen and Seymour Henry, Jr. The family residence is located at 510 West Smith Street, Medina.

In politics Mr. Babcock is identified with the Republican party. He holds membership in the Congregational Church, and Mrs. Babcock is a member of the Church of Christ. He is a life member of the National Educational Association.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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