How did we go from Moses Cleaveland to Cleveland? The mystery of the missing "a"

Posted on January 06 2020

Have you ever wondered why the founder of Cleveland, Moses Cleaveland has an extra letter in his name? What happened to the "a" and why is the city spelled "Cleveland" today?

Moses Cleaveland Statue

It all goes back to the year 1831. On January 6th the upstart newspaper "The Cleaveland Advertiser" was setting up the press to print its first issue. The type setter had a problem though on the printing press. He could not fit the full name on the width of the paper in the masthead. The editor made the executive decision to remove the "a" after the first "e" in "Cleaveland" to save space and make the title of the publication fit. This little change, stuck and changed the spelling of Cleveland to what it is today. 

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