Selling the Dead Ohio Presidents

By Bob Vitale
U.S. Presidents Warren G. Harding, left, and Rutherford B. Hayes, both Ohio natives

Ohio has been known as the cradle of presidents, laying claim to eight in all. But those long-gone leaders are largely a grim, bearded lot who don’t seem very marketable today. Maybe that’s why the nation hasn’t looked our way in 100 years, since the 1920 election of Warren Harding.

So we asked Alex Hastie, host of the history podcast Ohio v. the World (his current season focuses on the state’s role in presidential politics), and Columbus political consultant Whitney Smith of Civili Strategies to give Ohio’s favorite sons some historical context and fresh spin.

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William Henry Harrison