Alexander W. Livingston House

1792 Graham Rd., Reynoldsburg, Ohio


Photo taken by Donald K. O'Brien



Street View 



"Alexander W. Livingston (1821-1898) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio was a pioneering seedsman who was best known as a developer of tomato varieties in the United States in the nineteenth century.

"Although tomatoes had been cultivated to various degrees throughout the world, it was Mr. Livingston and his seed company who contributed more to the development of the tomato as a commercial crop than any other.

"When Mr. Livingston began his attempts to develop the tomato as a commercial crop, his goal was to produce tomatoes that were smooth skinned, uniform in size and having better flavor.

"After many attempts at hybridization, he began instead, a process of selecting seed from tomato plants exhibiting specific characteristics. It was using this selection process that he discovered a plant that bore perfect tomatoes like its parent vine. After five years of selection, the fruit became fleshier and larger. In 1870, Alexander introduced the Paragon.

"Prior to his work, tomatoes were commonly ribbed, hard cored, and generally hollow fruit. In all, A. W. Livingston and his company introduced thirty-one varieties of tomatoes."


National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1994
Reference number
NR name
Livingston, Alexander W., House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Garden
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2012: New Street View added by wdzinc
  • July 21, 2011: Essay added by Donald K. O'Brien
  • July 20, 2011: New photo from Donald K. O'Brien



Alexander W. Livingston House
Posted July 21, 2011, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Doctor Livingston, I presume?