John William Brown

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John W. Brown
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John William Brown speaking in 1979
54th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 14, 1963 – January 13, 1975
Governor Jim Rhodes (1963-1971)
John J. Gilligan (1971-1975)
Preceded by John W. Donahey
Succeeded by Dick Celeste
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the district
In office
1961-1963
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 69th district
In office
1959-1961
58th Governor of Ohio
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 14, 1957
Preceded by Frank J. Lausche
Succeeded by C. William O'Neill
51st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1953 – January 3, 1957
Governor Frank J. Lausche
Preceded by George D. Nye
Succeeded by Paul M. Herbert
Mayor of Medina
In office
1950–1953
Personal details
Born December 28, 1913
Athens, Ohio
Died October 29, 1993 (aged 79)
Medina, Ohio
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina, Ohio[1]
Political party Republican

John William Brown (December 28, 1913 – October 29, 1993)[2] was a Republican politician from Ohio. He briefly served as the 58th Governor of Ohio from January 3, 1957 to January 14, 1957 and served as the 51st and 54th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.

Brown also served as mayor of Medina, in the Ohio House, and in the Ohio Senate.

Lieutenant governor[edit]

John W. Brown is Ohio's longest serving Lieutenant Governor, having served under three different governors from 1953 to 1957 and 1963 to 1975. In 1952, he unseated the incumbent lieutenant governor, Democrat George D. Nye and took office as lieutenant governor in 1953. (At the time, the office of lieutenant governor was elected separately from the office of Governor of Ohio). Brown defeated Nye again in 1954 to win a second two-year term.

Governor of Ohio[edit]

In January 1957, during Brown's second term as lieutenant governor, Frank J. Lausche, the Democratic governor of Ohio, resigned in order to take a seat in the United States Senate, which he had won in the 1956 election. Brown, thus, was elevated to the office of governor. Lausche's successor, C. William O'Neill, had already been elected; however, at the time, the U.S. Senate term began on January 3, but the Ohio gubernatorial term did not end until the 14th.[2]

Into the breach stepped the outgoing lieutenant governor. Brown took his eleven-day-long governorship very seriously. He moved into the governor's mansion, summoned the General Assembly to hear his state of the state address, demanded and received the governor's salary for the eleven days, and deposited five boxes of gubernatorial papers with the Ohio Historical Society.[2] Among papers was a letter, on gubernatorial letter-head, to Columbus mayor, M. E. Sensenbrenner, asking him to take care of a parking ticket.[2] There was also a letter to then President Eisenhower asking for a federal job after his eleven days in the governor's office were complete.[2]

Later career[edit]

In 1958, Brown was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served from 1959 to 1961. He won election to the Lieutenant Governorship again in 1962, and served another three terms (by this time, the lieutenant governor's term had been extended to four years), from 1963 to 1975. In 1974, Brown lost his bid for another term to Richard F. Celeste.[2]

After serving as lieutenant governor, Brown worked to reactivate, and became the first commandant, of the Ohio Naval Militia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John William Brown at Find a Grave
  2. ^ a b c d e f Usher, Brian (2007), Lamis, Alexander P.; Usher, Brian, eds., Ohio Politics: Revised and Updated, Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, pp. 65–67, ISBN 978-0-87338-613-5 

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Political offices
Preceded by
George D. Nye
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
1953–1957
Succeeded by
Paul M. Herbert
Preceded by
Frank J. Lausche
Governor of Ohio
1957
Succeeded by
C. William O'Neill
Preceded by
John W. Donahey
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
1963–1975
Succeeded by
Richard F. Celeste