24 Ohioans who tried to be President

Ohioans once ruled the roost in presidential politics, sending eight men to the White House. But while Ohio is an important stepping stone in the path to the presidency, it hasn't been a successful launching pad for candidates since two Ohio newspaper publishers - Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox, the former governor of Ohio and founder of the Dayton Daily News - squared off in 1920.


Dark blocks indicate years with an Ohioan making a serious run at his party's nomination or the presidency. Click on one of those years to view Ohio contenders.

Note: List does not include every "favorite son," third-party candidate or all whose efforts were short-lived.

Photos: Ohio History Connection, Library of Congress, Cox Media Group Ohio archives

Reporting: Lynn Hulsey / Production: Kyle Nagel / Published: May 24, 2015 / Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Ohio History Connection, Ohio State University, whitehouse.gov. biography.com