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  Rhodes, James A.
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NameJames A. Rhodes
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Columbus, Ohio , United States
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Born September 13, 1909
DiedMarch 04, 2001 (91 years)
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InfoAttended Ohio State University but did not graduate

Elected to Columbus school board, 1937

Elected Columbus city auditor, 1939

Columbus Mayor, 1943-1951

Elected state auditor, 1952-1962

Lost race for governor, 1954

Elected to first term as governor in 1962; known for laying off state workers and starting a massive project constructing roads, parks, colleges, and airports

Re-elected to second term, 1966

Ordered National Guard to Kent State University in 1970, where guardsmen killed four students

Elected governor again in 1974, after four-year absence due to term limit

Re-elected in 1978

Ran for governor in 1986, after another four-year absence due to term limit. Soundly defeated by incumbent Richard Celeste.

"Jobs and Progress" was James "Dusty" Rhodes' mantra throughout both his administrations. And Ohio did progress physically while Rhodes was in office--from Rhodes Hall at the University of Cincinnati to the Rhodes Tower in Columbus to the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway in southern Ohio (Ohio 32 near Jackson), signs of "Jobs and Progress" in just about any city of size in Ohio.

Case Western Reserve University's Alexander Lamis, a political science professor, said "[Rhodes] was the most amazing political figure of the last half-century in this state...he was the consummate politician." (Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, September 12, 1999, Local section page 2) Most observers of Ohio government give Rhodes great marks for his 1963 to 1971 run in office, and mediocre marks for his comeback years, 1975 to 1983.




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  11/04/1986 OH Governor Lost 39.37% (-21.23%)
  05/06/1986 OH Governor - R Primary Won 48.19% (+9.65%)
  11/07/1978 OH Governor Won 49.31% (+1.67%)
  06/06/1978 OH Governor - R Primary Won 67.73% (+35.46%)
  11/05/1974 OH Governor Won 48.62% (+0.37%)
  05/07/1974 OH Governor - R Primary Won 62.76% (+32.83%)
  05/05/1970 OH US Senate- R Primary Lost 49.72% (-0.56%)
  08/08/1968 US President - R Convention Lost 2.93% (-62.96%)
  08/08/1968 US Vice President - R Convention Lost 0.08% (-83.87%)
  06/11/1968 US President - R Primaries Lost 13.74% (-24.19%)
  11/08/1966 OH Governor Won 62.18% (+24.36%)
  05/03/1966 OH Governor - R Primary Won 88.73% (+77.45%)
  07/01/1964 US President - R Primaries Lost 10.40% (-27.89%)
  05/05/1964 OH US President - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1962 OH Governor Won 58.92% (+17.84%)
  05/08/1962 OH Governor - R Primary Won 89.68% (+79.37%)
  11/08/1960 OH Auditor Won 59.77% (+19.55%)
  11/06/1956 OH Auditor Won 54.66% (+9.32%)
  11/02/1954 OH Governor Lost 45.91% (-8.19%)
  05/04/1954 OH Governor - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1952 OH Auditor Won 54.77% (+9.55%)
  05/02/1950 OH Governor - R Primary Lost 29.13% (-33.52%)
  11/04/1947 Columbus, OH Mayor Won 59.00% (+18.00%)
  08/12/1947 Columbus, OH Mayor - Primary Won 49.17% (+21.96%)
  11/02/1943 Columbus, OH Mayor Won 58.91% (+17.83%)
  08/10/1943 Columbus, OH Mayor - Primary Won 31.33% (+10.24%)
  11/02/1937 Columbus Board of Education Won 22.01% (+0.92%)
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