|Name||James A. Rhodes|
Columbus, Ohio , United States
|| September 13, 1909
|Died||March 04, 2001
Sep 26, 2018 01:33pm
|Info||Attended 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.