Ohio’s Presidential Legacy: Who Could Be Next?

Ohio, known as the “Mother of Presidents,” has a rich history of producing U.S. presidents. The state has been the birthplace or home to seven presidents: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Additionally, William Henry Harrison, though born in Virginia, spent much of his adult life in Ohio.

Warren G. Harding, who served from 1921 to 1923, was the most recent president with Ohio roots. With prominent figures like U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and former Ohio Governor John Kasich being considered as potential candidates for the 2020 presidential election, there’s ongoing speculation about whether the next president could also come from Ohio.

To delve into Ohio’s notable contributions to American leadership, Cincinnati Edition hosted a discussion featuring insights from Steven Conn, PhD, a history professor at Miami University; Dan Hurley, a local historian and President of Applied History Associates; and Howard Wilkinson, a Senior Political Analyst at WVXU.

Enhancing Ohio’s presidential pride, TourismOhio and Ohio History Connection have introduced the Ohio Presidential Trail. This initiative celebrates the state’s rich political heritage by highlighting the birthplaces and significant sites associated with U.S. presidents from Ohio.

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