TDIH 1914: James M. Cox nominated for Ohio Governor

On August 11, 1914, Ohio Governor James M. Cox was nominated to run for re-election to the governorship. However, despite his success in working with the state legislature to implement several Progressive reforms in 1914, he was defeated in the 1914 election by Frank B. Willis. However, Cox ran for governor again in 1916 and 1918, winning both times. He was the Democratic nominee for President in 1920, but he was defeated by Warren G. Harding.

The following are a few materials from our James M. Cox Papers (MS-2), pertaining to Cox’s 1914 election campaign:

James M. Cox 1914 campaign excerpt (MS-2, Box 1, File 54)

James M. Cox 1914 campaign excerpt (MS-2, Box 1, File 54)

The above is an excerpt from a speech given by James M. Cox during his 1914 election campaign. He starts out: “You ask me why this administration should continue for two years more…” He reminds voters of the good he has already done and makes mention of areas in which he intends to continue to work for progress, including: Workmen’s Compensation, agricultural activities, rehabilitation of country schools, fiscal reforms, and widows’ welfare.

Below are just two of several cartoons from “A Campaign Picture Book: A Story in Pictures of the Administration of JAMES M. COX, as told by ‘Billy Ireland,’ the Noted Cartoonist,” from the 1914 election campaign:

"The High Spot in Special Legislation" James Cox cartoon by Billy Ireland, 1914 (from MS-2, Box 5, File 4)

“The High Spot in Special Legislation” James Cox cartoon by Billy Ireland, 1914 (from MS-2, Box 5, File 4)

"The Pack at His Heels" James Cox cartoon by Billy Ireland, 1914 (from MS-2, Box 5, File 4)

“The Pack at His Heels” James Cox cartoon by Billy Ireland, 1914 (from MS-2, Box 5, File 4)

 

For more information about James M. Cox, the following resources may be of interest:

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Last Letter from John Patterson

On August 9, 1864, John H. Patterson wrote a letter to his brother Stephen.  The letter indicates that passes are no longer being issued, possibly because their 100-day tour is about to end.  However, they still go on patrol.

A major part of this letter is John’s description of he and another man’s escort of a Union deserter to the Provost Marshall.  The man tried to escape.  His partner, Dutchy Marshall, kept trying to shoot the man, but John stayed in the way to prevent the deserter being shot.  They were finally able to chase him down and take him to the Provost Marshall.

This was the last letter from John H. Patterson.  On August 19, the 131st Ohio National Guard was ordered to return to Ohio.  On August 25, John was mustered out. (Transcript of John H. Patterson Letter, August 9, 1864)

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Archives News – July 2014

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since our “Great Reading Room Renovation of 2013″ (try saying that 5 times fast!), but it has! We were pretty busy last summer with moving things around, and this summer we’re still busy, just in a different way!

On July 18, we celebrated our 5th Annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive event. A huge crowd came out to listen to Dale Huffman, and we had a great evening listening to his stories up here on the fourth floor of Dunbar Library.

Dale Huffman telling stories during his presentation "From the Heart," July 18, 2014

Dale Huffman telling stories during his presentation “From the Heart,” July 18, 2014

This year’s Living Legends lecture also celebrated the grand opening of the Dayton Daily News Archive to researchers, as well as the donation of Dale Huffman’s papers to Special Collections & Archives.  In fact, Mr. Huffman visited us here in the Archives on July 9th to get the “lay of the land” prior to his presentation and also to see where his personal papers will be housed.

Dale Huffman, seated right, with Special Collections & Archives staff, July 9, 2014.

Dale Huffman, seated right, with Special Collections & Archives staff, July 9, 2014.

On July 21, we hosted a group of Dayton Public Schools freshmen from the Summer Bridge Dayton program. Dr. Herbert Martin was kind enough to come and give his interpretive performance of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry for the students. (He was just as great as we remember! Dr. Martin gave another presentation here in February 2012.)

Dr. Herbert Martin performs for Summer Bridge Dayton students, July 21, 2014

Dr. Herbert Martin performs for Summer Bridge Dayton students, July 21, 2014

Following Dr. Martin’s presentation, students also toured Special Collections & Archives, including original materials from our aviation, local history, and Wright Brothers Collections.

On July 28, we hosted one of Ohio History Connection’s “History to Go” vans. Several dozen children from the WSU STEMM camps attended and participated in various hands-on history activities. One of the classes even came back on July 31 and had a picture taken with the Orville & Wilbur life-size cut-outs in our reading room!

Dawne Dewey leads children in a History to Go activity, July 28, 2014

Dawne Dewey leads children in a History to Go activity, July 28, 2014

Also this month, we gave tours for a local chapter of the League of World War I Aviation Historians, as well as the Altrusa Club of Dayton (whose records we have: view MS-391 PDF finding aid).

League of WWI Aviation Historians tour, July 2014

League of WWI Aviation Historians tour, July 2014

Altrusa Club of Dayton tour, July 2014

Altrusa Club of Dayton tour, July 2014

In addition to many outreach activities, we’ve got collections news as well: You can see our latest list of new and updated collections from July here on the blog.

In digital projects news:

Just a few more weeks of summer now. We shall see what they hold!

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