LIMA — The Allen County Historical Society will present Professor
Emeritus, Dr. William Angel who will offer a retrospective look at Frank
Lausche, Ohio’s only five-term governor and two-term U.S. Senator at 2
p.m. on April 30 at the Allen County Museum.
When Dr. Angel first
began researching former Ohio governor and U.S. Senator Frank Lausche,
he was curious as to why Democrats turned their backs on Lausche in
1968, refusing to endorse him for a 3rd term in the U.S. Senate. But the
real question was, “Why did Lausche turn his back on the Democratic
The answer requires going back in time’ to Cleveland, Ohio
in the 1920s and 1930s when citizens were in revolt against the
county’s Republican and Democratic machines, even as both parties were
going through internal discord and division. Progressive Era forces were
still very strong in Cuyahoga County during those years, and in many
ways Frank Lausche never stopped seeing the political world through
Progressive Era lenses. He believed fervently that government should
serve the interests of the people and that a politician could best work
for the people only if he was not beholden to intermediary
organizations, such as political parties and labor unions. “I wear no
man’s collar,” he proudly proclaimed in letters to admiring
constituents. Frank Lausche never lost that Progressive Ideal, and by
the time his career came to a halt, he remained “The Last Progressive.”
Angel retired from the Ohio State University-Lima in 2012 where he
taught and published in the field of Political Science. Angel also
chaired the Allen County Democratic Party in the late 1980s and authored
the book, Not All Politics is Local: Reflections of a Former County
Chairman (The Kent State University Press, 2002).
This program is free and open to the public.
The museum is located at 620 W. Market St., Lima.