The Governors portraits were painted to benefit the people of Ohio - telling "the story" of our great state. Over the years some of the early Governors of Ohio were painted by various portrait artists in a hit or miss fashion, and some of these found their way into what was then a motley collection of works housed at the Statehouse.
In 1867, Governor Rutherford B. Hayes decided to form a permanent and proper collection of Ohio Governor's portraits to hang in what was a new Capitol building. His vision was to ensure that the history of Ohio and its leaders was not lost. Prior to 1867, only a few of the past Governors had been painted. After collecting any graphical representations that were available from the past governors, Hayes set out to complete the collection of those that were missing.
Prior to Ohio being admitted to the Union, Arthur St. Clair served as the first Territorial Governor of the N.W. Territory, which Ohio was carved. St. Clair served as the territory's governor until shortly prior to the end of the territorial form of government in 1802. Ohio became the 17th state admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803.
From 1803-1954, each governor was elected to a two-year term. In 1954, a state constitutional amendment extended the governor's time in office from a two-year term to a four-year term, although no governor could serve more than two successive terms. In 1992, another constitutional amendment limited Ohio's governor to a total of two four-year terms.
|Arthur St. Clair1788 - 1802||Edwin Tiffin1803 - 1807||Thomas Kirker1807 - 1808||Samuel Huntington1808 - 1810||Return Jonathon Meigs1810 - 1814|
|Othniel Looker1814||Thomas Worthington1814 - 1818||Ethan Allen Brown1818 - 1822||Allen Trimble1822||Jeremiah Morrow1822 - 1826|
|Allen Trimble1826 - 1830||Duncan McArthur1830 - 1832||Robert Lucas1832 - 1836||Joseph Vance1836 - 1838||Wilson Shannon1838 - 1840|
|Thomas Corwin1840 - 1842||Wilson Shannon1842 - 1844||Thomas Bartley1844||Mordecai Bartley1844 - 1846||William Bebb1846 - 1849|
|Seabury Ford1849 - 1850||Ruben Wood1850 - 1853||William Medill1853 - 1856||Salmon Chase1856 - 1860||William Dennison1860 - 1862|
|David Tod1862 - 1864||John Brough1864 - 1865||Charles Anderson1865 - 1866||Jacob Dolson Cox1866 - 1868||Rutherford B. Hayes1868 - 1872|
|Edward Noyes1872 - 1874||William Allen1874 - 1876||Rutherford B. Hayes1876 - 1877||Thomas Young1877 - 1878||Richard M. Bishop1878 - 1880|
|Charles Foster1880 - 1884||George Hoadly1884 - 1885||Joseph Foraker1886 - 1890||James Edwin Campbell1890 - 1892||William McKinley1892 - 1896|
|Asa Smith Bushnell1896 - 1900||George K. Nash1900 - 1904||Myron T. Herrick1904 - 1906||John M. Pattison1906||Andrew Harris1906 - 1909|
|Judson Harmon1909 - 1913||James M. Cox1913 - 1915||Frank Willis1915 - 1917||James M. Cox1917 - 1921||Harry Davis1921 - 1923|
|A. Victor Donahey1923 - 1929||Myers Y. Cooper1929 - 1931||George White1931 - 1935||Martin L. Davey1935 - 1939||John W. Bricker1939 - 1945|
|Frank J. Lausche1945 - 1947||Thomas J. Herbert1947 - 1949||Frank J. Lausche1949 - 1957||John W. Brown1957||C. William O'Neill1957 - 1959|
|Michael V. Disalle1959 - 1963||James Rhodes1963 - 1971||John J. Gilligan1971 - 1975||James Rhodes1975 - 1983||Richard F. Celeste1983 - 1991|
|George V. Voinovich1990 - 1998||Nancy P. Hollister1998 - 1999||Bob Taft1999 - 2007||Ted Strickland2007 - 2011|