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Mayhew Folger


Nantucket-born sea captain Mayhew Folger is credited with three global circumnavigations and the 1808 rediscovery of Pitcairn Island and the sole surviving mutineer from The Bounty and his descendants.

Retired from seafaring, Folger became Massillon’s first postmaster and operated the Commercial Inn in downtown Massillon, catering to canal travelers and farmers shipping their wheat from Massillon.

When the Ohio & Erie Canal opened in 1828, Folger was the first toll collector for the port of Massillon, apparently unable to resist anything related to water.