Marcellus F. Cowdery was born in Rutland County, Vermont in 1815. He was the first superintendent of Sandusky City Schools, and he was a leader in education throughout the state of Ohio, participating in many Teachers' Institutes in the 1840's. M.F. Cowdery wrote a collection of MORAL LESSONS, which were widely used in public schools.
Oliver Cowdery, the brother of M.F. Cowdery, was an early leader in the Mormon Churuch, and he served as a scribe to Joseph Smith at one time.
M. F. Cowdery died on September 26, 1885, and he is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. To read more about him, see the EDUCATIONAL HISTORY OF OHIO, accessible through Google Books. Cowdery Street in Sandusky was named for early Ohio educator M. F. Cowdery.