Governor Portraits
Governor
John J. Gilligan

Years
1971 - 1975

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
30.0" x 24.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 230

Year
1975

Governor Biography

Gilligan was born in 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1939 he attended Notre Dame University where he earned a Bachelors degree in 1943. He joined the Navy as an ensign later that year, and received a silver star for gallantry aboard the USS Rodman off Okinawa. Gilligan went back to school at University of Cincinnati and received a Masters degree in 1947. His political career began in 1953 when he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council. In 1964, Gilligan was elected to Congress from Ohio's 1st District after an unsuccessful 1962 bid for a similar post. Gilligan was defeated in 1966 in an attempt for re-election by Robert Taft Jr. Gilligan served again on Cincinnati City Council and opposed Frank Lausche in the Democratic Senatorial primary in 1968. He defeated Lausche, but lost to William Saxbe in the general 1970 election. Gaining the 1970 nomination for Governor he became the 62nd Governor of Ohio (James Rhodes was prevented from running for a third consecutive term in 1970). During his term in office, the Ohio E.P.A. was created, along with the Department of Administrative Services. The term also saw the enactment of Ohio's first personal income tax. Gilligan passed away on August 26, 2013.


Artist
David Philip Wilson

Artist Biography

David Philip Wilson was born in 1902 in Northern Ohio. He primarily painted portraits of children and is also known for his landscape work and photography. Wilson was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Art and Design under Charles Hopkinson. He also exhibited at the Cleveland Museum and the Chicago Art Institute.