RED-STATE.COM - President's Day Column. Michael Meckler has written a column on President's Day for his RED-STATE blog. It focuses on Presidents who have come from Ohio of which there have been many including Hayes and McKinley. In addition, it also looks at the many failed Presidential candidates from Ohio including Robert A. Taft and John Glenn.
From the site:
On this Presidents' Day, it seems appropriate to look back on the history of those individuals connected to Ohio who became, or tried to become, President of the United States. Ohio, in competition with Virginia, claims eight presidents: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren Harding. But unlike Virginia, whose claimed eight were all born in the state (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson), only seven of Ohio's eight -- as you can see, William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia -- were actually born in the Buckeye State.
Six of Ohio's claimed eight were officially resident in Ohio when elected to the White House: W. H. Harrison, Hayes, Garfield, McKinley, Taft and Harding. Grant was a resident of Illinois, Benjamin Harrison of Indiana. The state with the most residents elected president remains New York, with eight: Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. But only four were natives (Van Buren, Fillmore and the Roosevelts), and, as we all know from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent history, New York is quite welcoming to "carpetbaggers".