Brownhelm Township, Lorain County, Ohio

Brownhelm Township, Lorain County, Ohio

The Mill Hollow House at the Vermilion River Reservation

Location of Brownhelm Township in Lorain County
Coordinates: 41°24′12″N 82°19′1″W / 41.40333°N 82.31694°W / 41.40333; -82.31694Coordinates: 41°24′12″N 82°19′1″W / 41.40333°N 82.31694°W / 41.40333; -82.31694
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lorain
  Total 20.2 sq mi (52.2 km2)
  Land 20.0 sq mi (51.9 km2)
  Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 7,782
  Density 388.7/sq mi (150.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44001
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-09568[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086503[1]

Brownhelm Township is one of the eighteen townships of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 7,782 people in the township, 1,792 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3] Brownhelm was the first local government of any kind in the United States to elect a black man to public office; on April 2, 1855, John Mercer Langston, a black man from Virginia, became town clerk. He later became a United States Congressman.[4]


Located in northwestern Lorain County along the shores of Lake Erie, it borders the following townships and city:

Parts of the city of Vermilion are located in northern Brownhelm Township.

Name and history

Brownhelm Township was established in 1818, and named from the word holm.[5] It is the only Brownhelm Township statewide.

Notable person


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[6] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


  1. 1 2 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. Lorain County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 14 May 2007.
  4. Kevin Merida, "The 'Obama before Obama'", The Washington Post, 7 June 2008. Accessed 26 Nov 2008.
  5. Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 19-20.
  6. §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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