Washington Court House in Fayette County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Harry M . Daugherty
One of Ohio's most influential politicians in the early 20th century, Washington Court House native Harry Daugherty (1860-1941) was widely known as a "President-maker" and served instrumental roles in President Warren G. Harding's administration, culminating a long career in state and national politics. As Attorney General from 1921 to 1924, Daugherty established the first federal women's penitentiary, recommended former president William Howard Taft to the Supreme Court, and ended a controversial 1922 railroad strike. Implicated in scandals complicated by the suicide of his assistant and fellow Fayette County native Jess Smith, Daugherty was eventually cleared in congressional investigations and two bribery trials, and subsequently published an insider's account of the Harding Administration. Both Daugherty and Smith are buried in Washington Cemetery.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Van Meter Ashbrook & Associates, Washington Senior High, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesLaw Enforcement • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft, the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
Location. 39° 32.319′ N, 83° 25.004′ W. Marker is in Washington Court House, Ohio, in Fayette County. Marker is located between the fountain and chapel in Washington Cemetery, with cemetery entrance off Washington Avenue (U.S. Route 22) at Clearview Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Court House OH 43160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Judy Memorial Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soldiers’ Row (about 400 feet away); St. Colman Church and Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Washington Court House (approx. one mile away); Morris Sharp House (approx. one mile away); Veterans Bicentennial Memorial104mm German Cannon (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington Court House.
Also see . . . Harry M. Daugherty. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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