Beautiful Ohio: Day 2 – Mother of HOW MANY Presidents?

Ohio proudly claims to be the “Mother of Presidents”.  And it’s true that through the middle of the 19th century, Ohio was a political force to be reckoned with on the national scene, with Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield and William McKinley all attaining to the nation’s highest office (Garfield and McKinley due in no small part to kingmaker Marcus A. Hanna of Cleveland).

The problem arises with those two pesky Harrisons.  One of them (William Henry Harrison) was born in Virginia, although he called Ohio home during his adult life.  The other (Benjamin Harrison) was born in Ohio, but lived most of his adult life in Indiana.  So if you use birth as a criterion, then you lose one Harrison; if you use where they lived when they were grown up, you lose the other (and technically Ulysses Grant, as well).  But we here in Ohio, with typical hubris 🙂 have decided they’re all ours.  (All your President are belong to us!)

Here’s a pic of Ohio’s Presidents (left to right, first row: Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield; second row: Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding)

Ohio Presidential First/Last Trivia:  James A. Garfield was the last President born in a log cabin.  If you’re a NE Ohioan or happen to be in the neighborhood, they’ve built a replica of it (on Route 91 in Moreland Hills).  William Taft was the first President to have a car while at the White House. (He was also the only President to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.)

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