Governor Portraits
Governor
Frank J. Lausche

Years
1945 - 1947

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
30.0" x 24.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 121

Year
1955

Governor Biography

Lausche served his first term as Governor from 1945 through 1947. A Democrat from Cuyahoga County, Governor Lausche was one of the most popular Democrats in Ohio political history. His margins of victory in the face of amazingly large national Republican landslides became legendary. Lausche was born in the steel center of Cleveland in 1895 and helped support his family by selling newspapers and acting as the neighborhood lamplighter as a child. Later, Lausche became a semi-professional baseball player in the Eastern League. During World War I, Lausche joined the army as a Private and rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant. After the war, Lausche went to law school at John Marshall in Cleveland, and graduated in 1920. After passing the bar, he joined the law firm of the future United States Senator Cyrus Locher. Lausche ran for the Ohio legislature in 1922 and 1924 however lost those bids. In 1932 Governor White appointed Lausche to fill a vacancy on the Cleveland Municipal bench, and was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1941. In 1944 he was elected to his first term as Governor of Ohio being opposed in that bid by James Garfield Steward, then Mayor of Cincinnati. His term as Governor was interrupted only by Thomas J. Herbert's election in 1946, riding the crest of a national Republican landslide.


Artist
David Philip Wilson 1909-1981

Artist Biography

David Wilson was a Cleveland artist of some renown. Wilson painted many portraits of important personages of the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania and studied at the Carnegie Institute of Art and Design. He studied under Charles Hopkinson. Wilson exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute and the Cleveland Museum of Art.