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Co-founded with Oberlin College, the town of Oberlin was established as a colony pledged to “plainest living and highest thinking.” The town and college were hotbeds of abolitionist sentiment and a major stop on the Underground Railroad; Oberlin has been called “The town that started the Civil War.”
Charles M. Hall, an 1885 Oberlin College graduate, discovered the electrolytic process of producing aluminum the following year in his Oberlin woodshed workshop as he was working with his sister Julia. Frenchman Paul Louis Toussaint Héroult independently discovered the same process in Europe a few months later. Hall later co-founded the Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa.

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Oberlin Business Partnership 23 E. College St. OBERLIN, OH 44074. Phone:(440)774-6262

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10 E College St. Oberlin, OH 44074
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