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James Rhodes Birthplace photograph
Description: This photograph of the birthplace of Governor James Rhodes near Coalton, Ohio was taken in the 1960s. The slide measures 2" x 2" (5.08 x 5.08 cm). James Rhodes served four terms as governor of Ohio, more than any other Ohio governor. Rhodes was born in Coalton, Ohio, and his father, a Welsh coal miner, died when he was eight years old. Rhodes attended Ohio State University, but had to drop out to support his mother and sisters. In 1937, Rhodes was elected to the Columbus board of education. He served two terms as auditor before being elected mayor of Columbus in 1943. Rhodes served as auditor of state from 1952 to 1962 and ran for governor twice before being elected in 1962. In May 1970, Rhodes ordered National Guard troops to the Kent State University campus, resulting in the tragic shootings of four students after days of anti-Vietnam War protests. During his four terms as governor, Rhodes advocated for more funding for universities and was responsible for the development of dozens of new parks, highways, and airports. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3117_3737982_001
Subjects: Architecture; Ohio Government; Governors; Houses; Rhodes, James A. (James Allen), 1909-2001
Places: Coalton (Ohio); Jackson County (Ohio)