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Harlan Township, one of the eleven townships of Warren Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker, and the last to be formed in that county, is located in the southeast corner of the county. The 2000 census found 3,627 inhabitants, up from 3,268 in 1990; of this total, 3,240 lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.


Located in the southeastern corner of the county, it borders the following townships:

The two tiny villages of Butlervillemarker and Pleasant Plainmarker are located in Harlan Township, as well as the unincorporated community of Level.


The only Harlan Township statewide, it is named for Aaron Harlan of Xeniamarker, a member of the Ohio General Assembly that created the township and who formerly represented the area in Congress.


The area in Harlan Township was originally in Hamilton Township, then Salem when it was created June 8, 1818. Harlan was created by the Ohio General Assembly by the Act of March 16, 1860 (Ohio Laws, volume 57, page 135), which took effect that day. It divided the existing Salem Township into two parts, the northern part to be called Corwin Townshipmarker, the southern to be called Harlan. The dividing line was to "commence at a point in the west bank of Todd's Fork where it intersects the line dividing the townships of Salem and Washington in said county, thence down Todd's Fork with the meanderings thereof, to the mouth of Second Creek; thence in a straight line to the mouth of Wolf's Run; thence up said run to the forks thereof; thence up the west fork of said run to the line dividing the lands of Robert C. Shurts and Allison Mounts; thence on a direct line to a point where the county road leading from Rossburg to Camargo crosses the line dividing the townships of Hamilton and Salem..."


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 fiscal officer, 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 fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

Public services

The Little Miami, Blanchester, Goshen, and Clinton Massie school districts serve the township. Mail is delivered through the Pleasant Plain, Morrowmarker, Goshenmarker, and Blanchestermarker post offices. The Little Miami Telephone Company's Butlerville exchange serves most of the township, but parts of Harlan Township lie in the Little Miami, Blanchester, Morrow, and Clarksvillemarker telephone exchanges.


  • Elva R. Adams. Warren County Revisited. [Lebanon, Ohio]: Warren County Historical Society, 1989.
  • The Centennial Atlas of Warren County, Ohio. Lebanon, Ohio: The Centennial Atlas Association, 1903.
  • Josiah Morrow. The History of Warren County, Ohio. Chicago: W.H. Beers, 1883. (Reprinted several times)
  • Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 6th ed. Yarmouth, Mainemarker: DeLorme, 2001. ISBN 0-89933-281-1
  • William E. Smith. History of Southwestern Ohio: The Miami Valleys. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1964. 3 vols.
  • Warren County Engineer's Office. Official Highway Map 2003. Lebanon, Ohio: The Office, 2003.
  1. Warren County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  2. §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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