Jackson in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James A. Rhodes
Governor, State of Ohio
—1963-1971 — 1975-1983 —
•Established Ohio’s System of Two-Year & Technical Colleges
• Former President of the American Athletic Union “AAU”
• Increased state support for medical education
• “Jim Rhodes is the fastest wit I’ve ever met.” —Bob Hope
• Expended Ohio’s system of state parks, building six
• Established the Ohio Board of Regents as the coordinating body for higher education in Ohio.
• “Poverty breeds crime, disease, immorality, and delinquency.”
• Built the Ohio State Fair to the largest in the country. He called it “The Showcase of Ohio”
• Led the way in building Ohio’s part of the Appalachian Highway System serving southern Ohio.
• Responsible for the building of the Ohio Historical Society Center in Columbus.
• Established the Junior Fairboard, the Agriculture Hall of Fame, and The Sale of Champions
• “We must prepare each youth to graduate with a diploma in one hand and a job in the other.”
• Established the Ohio Water Development Authority and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.
• Principal state partner in the creation of the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University.
• Built 85 county airports
• “The Jobs Governor”
• Built the Ohio Historical Center at the
• Built numerous senior citizen centers across Ohio
• Founded the Ohio Association of Commodores, a group who exists to promote Ohio.
• Made Ohio the leader in development of interstate highways.
• “Three rules: No stealing. No drinking on the job. No romancing the help.”
• Established the Ohio Youth Commission to deal with juvenile crime.
• “Never get so mad at someone that you can’t have breakfast with them the next day.”
• The greatest contribution a governor can make is to create jobs in the private sector.”
• 44th Mayor, City of Columbus 1944–1952
• “Ohio has more things by accident than all the other states have on purpose.”
• Born, Coalton, Ohio 9/13/1909.
• Died, Columbus, Ohio 3/4/2001.
• In 1948, selected as representative of the United States at the Olympic Games in London.
• Founded the renowed Rhodes Raiders, a group who traveled worldwide enticing businesses to locate in Ohio
• Increased two-year school enrollment from 27,000 to 147,000 students between 1965 and 1982.
• Established the Ohio Commission of Aging and in 1976 he established the Golden Buckeye Card program.
• “Profit is not a Dirty Word in Ohio.”
• Expanded the State University System to 12 universities
• “All the social ills among able-bodied people comes from the lack of a job.”
• Established Ohio’s System of Vocational Schools—built 49 facilities
• The nation’s first governor to lead a trade mission to China.
• “Government does not create wealth.”
• Auditor, State of Ohio 1853–1963
• Co-author of three historical novels and author of another.
• Eleven Ohio colleges and universities awarded him honorary degrees.
• Founder of the Pan-American Games
Dedicated 5/2/2013 by Governor John Kasich • Jackson Historical Society • Designer Michael Stroth • Architect: Panich + Noel Associates • Statue Cast by Alan Cotrill • Constructed by Stockmeister Enterprises, Inc.• Committee: Alan Stockmeister, Bob Ervin, Steve Evans, Bill Morgan, James Baker, Brad Long, Richard Hillis, John Kelly, Fred Mills, Janine Conrad, Dick Crawford, Richard More • Commissioners: Jim Riepenhoff, Jerry Hall, Paul Haller, Ed Armstrong
Constructed using private donations from: Ohio Association of Commodores, MACBEA Foundation, Jewell Evans, Bellisio Foods, OPM Metals, Stockmeister Family Fund, Steve Landerman, Steve & Becky Evans, Marguerite Hughes, Fred Daily, Ed & Sharon Armstrong, WesBanco, Eisnaugle Lewis Funeral Home, David Jenkins, James A. Rhodes Leadership
Location. 39° 3.148′ N, 82° 38.237′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 93) west of Broadway Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is next to the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson OH 45640, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Apple Orchards in Jackson County / The Jackson County Apple Festival (a few steps from this marker); Jackson (a few steps from this marker); The Scioto Salt Licks / The Scioto Salt Works (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); Trails / The Kanawha Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 53rd O.V.I. Regiment / Camp Diamond (about 400 feet away); McKinley Park / William McKinley (approx. ¼ mile away); James Cemetery / Major John James (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry for Jim Rhodes. “Rhodes was born in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio, to James and Susan Howe Rhodes, who were of Welsh descent. Rhodes has commented (Submitted on September 26, 2018.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.