COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. President James Garfield is among three Great Ohioans being added to an exhibit that’s part of the Ohio Statehouse Museum.
The other honorees are football coach Paul Brown and inventor Granville T. Woods.
The three were approved by the board that maintains the Ohio Statehouse and presented this week by a foundation that works to preserve its history.
They join a list of 30 Great Ohioans recognized since 2003, including aviation legends Orville and Wilbur Wright, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Civil War Gen. William T. Sherman and Olympic track and field standout Jesse Owens.
We hope that every Statehouse visitor is inspired by the accomplishments of each one of the great men and women who we have recognized with this honor, Charles Moses, chairman of the Capitol Square Foundation, said in a statement.
Garfield was born in Orange in 1831 and eventually represented the state in Congress before being elected as the nation’s 20th president, the board said. He died in September 1881 after being shot several months into his presidency.
Paul Brown became a football legend, coaching high school, college and pro teams across the state. He created a dynasty with Cleveland’s team in the 1940s and ’50s while introducing pioneering coaching tactics, and later moved to Cincinnati, where he helped found and coached the Bengals.
The Columbus-born Woods, considered the leading black inventor of his time, created inventions mainly related to electricity, included several patents for transmitting messages between moving trains. He also was involved in a legal tussle with Thomas Edison that ultimately decided Woods was the original inventor of the multiplex telegraph, the board said. Woods died in 1910.
The Great Ohioan Award honors people who played a significant role in a historical event at least 25 years ago.
This year’s class was chosen from nominations submitted by people and organizations in Ohio, the advisory board said.
The advisory board’s chairman, former Sen. Richard Finan, said the honorees have made pre-eminent contributions to Ohio and the nation.