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Choir performing during Rhodes inauguration
Description: Photograph showing a student choir performing on the day of James A. Rhodes' inauguration to a fourth term as governor, January 8, 1979. Rhodes and several other men can be seen singing with them. Rhodes was born on September 13, 1909, in Coalton, Ohio. He began his political career by winning election to the school board of Columbus, Ohio, in 1937, then serving as Columbus city auditor. In 1943, he was elected mayor of Columbus, an office he held from 1944 until 1952. Rhodes served as Ohio Auditor from 1952 until 1962, when he won election to his first term as Ohio governor. During his four terms as governor (1962-1970 and 1974-1982), Rhodes oversaw the building of airports, state office buildings, prisons, community colleges, museums and other public structures. He is also notable as the governor who ordered Ohio National Guard troops to Kent State University during a series of student protests against the Vietnam War. On May 4, 1970, the guardsmen fired into a crowd of protestors, killing four and injuring nine. Rhodes retired from politics following an unsuccessful run for a fifth term in 1986, and died March 4, 2001. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AV248_01_05_04
Subjects: Ohio History--State and Local Government; Rhodes, James A. (James Allen), 1909-2001; Politicians; Inaugurations--Governors--Ohio;
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)