Frank J. Lausche

NAME: Frank J. Lausche

BORN: November 14, 1895

COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS: born...Cleveland, Ohio (Cuyahoga County)

EDUCATION: graduated, John Marshall Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

GOVERNORSHIP: 55th & 57th governor, 1945 - 1947, 1949 - 1957(five terms)



Lausche was a lawyer by training. In fact, he turned down a chance to play professional baseball to study law.

Lausche is the only Ohio governor to have ever served five terms. In addition, he won his elections by record breaking margins. He was, without a doubt, one of the most popular governors in state history.

Lausche was the first Catholic and son of immigrants to serve as governor.

He was the mayor of Cleveland from 1941 to 1943.

As governor, he pushed for conservation and restoration of natural resources, prison reform, and the expansion of state-funded colleges and universities. Welfare programs were expanded.

Lausche also fought aggressively against gambling and racketeering in Ohio.

During Lausche's administration, funding for the Ohio turnpike was appropraited.

As a direct result of Lausche's five terms, the state assembly amended the state constitution limiting individuals to two consecutive terms.

After finishing his career as governor, Lausche went on to serve in the U.S. Senate.


NAME: Jane Sheal Lausche