John William Brown
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John W. Brown
John William Brown speaking in 1979
|54th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 14, 1963 – January 13, 1975
John J. Gilligan
|Preceded by||John W. Donahey|
|Succeeded by||Dick Celeste|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the district
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 69th district
|58th Governor of Ohio|
January 3, 1957 – January 14, 1957
|Preceded by||Frank J. Lausche|
|Succeeded by||C. William O'Neill|
|51st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 12, 1953 – January 3, 1957
|Governor||Frank J. Lausche|
|Preceded by||George D. Nye|
|Succeeded by||Paul M. Herbert|
|Mayor of Medina|
|Born||December 28, 1913|
|Died||October 29, 1993 (aged 79)|
John William Brown (December 28, 1913 – October 29, 1993) was an American 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.
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 in 1953. (At the time, the office of lieutenant governor was elected separately from the office of governor). Brown defeated Nye again in 1954 to win a second two-year term.
In 1956, instead of seeking another term as lieutenant governor, Brown ran for the gubernatorial nomination against state Attorney General C. William O'Neill. Brown lost badly in the primary, getting only 27.5% of the vote to O'Neill's 72.5%.
Governor of Ohio
In January 1957, as Brown was about to leave the lieutenant governorship, Frank J. Lausche, the Democratic governor of Ohio, resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate, which he had won in the 1956 general election. Brown, thus, was elevated to the office of governor. Lausche's successor, C. William O'Neill (who had defeated Brown in the gubernatorial primary), had already been elected, at the same time that Lausche won his Senate seat; however, at the time, the U.S. Senate term began on January 3, but the Ohio gubernatorial term did not end until January 14.
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. Among papers was a letter, on gubernatorial letter-head, to Columbus mayor M. E. Sensenbrenner, asking him to take care of a parking ticket. 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.
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.
After serving as lieutenant governor, Brown worked to reactivate, and became the first commandant of, the Ohio Naval Militia.
Brown Arena at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, is named in honor of Brown.
- 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
- John William Brown at Find a Grave
- John W. Brown at Ohio History Central
- Ohio Expo Center
- Ohio State Fair
George D. Nye
| Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Paul M. Herbert
Frank J. Lausche
| Governor of Ohio
C. William O'Neill
John W. Donahey
| Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Richard F. Celeste