is one of the eighteen townships
of Portage County
, United States
. The 2000 census
found 2,296 people in the township.
Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following other townships:
Two villages are formed from portions of Hiram Township: part of Garrettsville in the southeast, and Hiram in the center. According to the website of Hiram Township, the portion of Hiram Township once adjoining Windham Township is no longer a part of Hiram Township, having been annexed by the village of Garrettsville.
Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Hiram Township covers an area of 23 sq mi.
Hiram College, a liberal arts college founded in 1850, is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). James Garfield, 20th President of the United States, studied at the institution now called Hiram College and served as its principal and a professor prior to the Civil War.
Name and history
It is the only Hiram Township statewide.
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 clerk, 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 clerkship or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.