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Ovid, Michigan is in eastern Clinton County, with a portion of the city extending east into Shiawassee County.

The chief routes through the city are M-21, South Meridian Road (South Main Street), and North Ovid Road (North Main Street). Cities and villages within twenty miles of the city include Elsie, Laingsburg, St. Johns, Owosso, Corunna, Ashley, Fowler, Vernon, Oakley, and Perry, and the unincorporated communities of Shepardsville, Duplain, Carland, and Hoovers Corners are within ten miles.

The Maple River, which flows largely northwest through the city, is a 74-mile tributary of the Grand River.

European-American settlement of the area began with Samuel Barker, Jabez Dennison, and William Swarthout, who came in 1836. The community was named for Ovid, New York, the hometown of many of its early settlers. The first store in Ovid was opened by B.I. Udell in 1856, and a post office was established on February 25, 1857, with Josiah B. Park, owner of the Park House, as the first postmaster.

In the early days of the community, its chief landowners were B.O. Williams, Amos Gould, and H.G. Higham. Mr. Higham, the chief engineer of the Detroit & Milwaukee (Grand Trunk Western) Railroad, persuaded the railroad to open a station in Ovid, and Mr. Williams arranged for the townsite to be platted and recorded in 1858. Ovid was incorporated as a village in 1869, and became a city in 2015.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ovid was home to a cooperage, a flour mill, a lumber company and sawmill, a foundry, a tannery, and several hotels and retail businesses. The Schafield & Danforth Company manufactured carriages in Ovid.

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