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Gen. Moses Cleaveland.

GENERAL MOSES CLEAVELAND.

In attempting to solve the problem of life, General Moses Cleaveland had a purpose and lived for a purpose. In his career, though controlled by circumstances, he manifested an unusual degree of wisdom and foresight. Among other achievements he founded a city—the beautiful city that inherits his name and cherishes his memory with a pride that approaches reverence.

His ancestry is of historical interest, and has been traced to a remote period. The name “Cleaveland” is shown to be of Saxon origin, and was the name of a distinguished family in Yorkshire, England, before the Norman conquest. This family originally occupied an extensive landed estate that was singularly marked by open fissures in its rocky soil, known to the Saxons as “clefts” or “cleves.” This peculiarity of the estate induced the rural population of the vicinity to speak of its occupants as the “Clefflands,” a name which the family accepted. This

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