: Photograph of George White (1872-1953), who was governor of Ohio from 1931 to 1935. In 1902, White settled in Marietta, Ohio, and quickly embarked on a political career, winning election to the Ohio legislature as a Democrat. In 1910, he won election to the U.S. House, serving several terms over the next ten years.
In 1930, White returned to politics, winning Ohio's governor's seat. He took office in 1931, and won reelection in 1932. As governor, White had to deal with the Great Depression. He attempted to create numerous relief programs, but he faced opposition from the Republican-controlled legislature, as well as from some opponents within his own party. Upon taking office, White successfully reduced the state budget by twenty million dollars, a 15% reduction. He also created the Ohio Highway Patrol and implemented sales taxes on cosmetics, cigarettes, and other non-essential items to increase state revenues. In addition to these successes, the governor also implemented the State Relief Commission. In 1934, White sought reelection, but he lost the contest to Republican Martin L. Davey. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04362 Subjects
: Governors--Ohio; Baker Art Gallery; Great Depression; Ohio History--State and Local Government Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)