Judson Harmon

Judson Harmon

Newtown, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 22 Feb 1927 (aged 81)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 86, Lot 44, Grave 7
Memorial ID 5074 · View Source
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Governor of Ohio, U.S. Attorney General, Judge. Born in Newtown, Ohio, he graduated from Denison University in 1866, and completed his law studies at the Cincinnati College Law School in 1869. He was admitted to the bar in Ohio and practiced as an attorney in Cincinnati. He favored Republican issues during the Civil War, disagreed with the party's tactics during Reconstruction, and became a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected as Judge of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in 1876. An unsuccessful candidate for the State Senate, he was elected instead as Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati, and served from 1878 to 1887. He resigned to resume his law profession for several years until he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to replace Richard Olney as the United States Attorney General from 1895 to 1897. Elected as the 45th Governor of Ohio, he served from 1909 to 1913. As governor, he approved several reforms, including an act against corrupt practices. He was reelected in 1910, defeating future U.S. President Warren G. Harding, and waged war on corporate grafts and corruption. He later directed measures that were unpopular with many Ohio politicians and was unsuccessful in becoming a Democratic Presidential candidate in 1912. He returned to Cincinnati, resumed his law profession, and taught at the Cincinnati Law School. He died in Cincinnati in 1927 when he was 81 years old. Harmon County, Oklahoma is named for him.

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