Governor Portraits
Governor
John W. Bricker

Years
1939 - 1945

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
40.0" x 32.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 122

Year
1945

Governor Biography

John William Bricker was born in 1893 to parents of Bavarian and Scotch/Irish descent. Bricker was from Madison County, Ohio and attended Mt. Sterling High School. He served in World War I as a chaplain due to a "slow heart" which kept him out of the normal service. Graduating from The Ohio State University, Bricker became Solicitor for Grandview, Ohio and was later appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. In 1928, at the age of 34, Bricker became a candidate for Attorney General, barely losing this statewide election. He was elected Attorney General on his second try in 1932 in the face of a nation-wide and state-wide Democratic landslide. During World War II he controlled the state council of defense as the National Guard had been called into service overseas. Bricker was elected Governor of the State of Ohio in 1939.


Artist
James W. Grimes

Artist Biography

Listed in Mallet's directory of artists, James Grimes was a professor in the College of Fine Art at The Ohio State University during the 1940's and 1950's. He worked in many mediums and is the artist that created the mosaic mural at the Arlington Park Elementary School in central Ohio. His address in 1960 shows him residing in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington.