Monday, March 05, 2001

Highs and lows of Rhodes' career

        Significant dates in the political career of former Gov. James Rhodes, who died Sunday at age 91.

        • 1934: Elected GOP committeeman in the 16th Ward of the Ohio State University district.

        • 1943: Elected mayor of Columbus.

        • 1950: Runs for GOP nomination for governor and loses.

        • 1952: Elected state auditor.

        • 1954: Wins GOP nomination for governor, but loses to Democratic incumbent Frank Lausche.

        • 1962: Elected governor, defeating Democrat Michael DiSalle.

        • 1970: Loses GOP nomination for U.S. Senate to Robert Taft Jr., father of current Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.

        • 1970: Orders National Guard troops to Kent State University to put down an anti-war demonstration. Four students were killed and nine wounded when troops opened fire.

        • 1974: After sitting out one term because of state law prohibiting three consecutive terms, is re-elected governor.

        • 1983: Ends second two-term stay in office.

        • 1986: Runs for a fifth term, losing to Democratic incumbent Richard Celeste.


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