Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Ohio Has Produced 8 Presidents - Who Could Be Next?

ohio presidents
All Wikimedia Commons
From top left: Presidents William Henry Harrison; Ulysses Grant; Rutherford B. Hayes; James Garfield; Benjamin Harrison; William McKinley; William Howard Taft; Warren G. Harding.

Ohio has been referred to as the "Mother of Presidents." Seven U.S. presidents were born in Ohio: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. And an eighth, William Henry Harrison, was born in Virginia but lived most of his adult life in Ohio.

The last president with Ohio roots was Warren G. Harding, who served from 1921 to 1923. But with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and former Ohio Governor John Kasich as possible 2020 candidates, could the next president come from Ohio?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss Ohio's contributions to our nation's leadership are Miami University W.E. Smith Professor of History, Steven Conn, PhD.; local historian and President of Applied History Associates, Dan Hurley (@dancincy); and WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson).

TourismOhio and Ohio History Connection recently announced the new Ohio Presidential Trail, which highlights the birthplaces and other sites of importance to U.S. presidents with Ohio ties.

Never miss an episode of Cincinnati Edition by subscribing to our podcast on your favorite provider. And if you have a chance, please rate, review and share with friends: 

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.