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Frank Lausche:  The Last Progressive

Sunday, April 30th, 2 p.m.

        When Dr. Bill 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 Party?”

     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.”

     The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to 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.  Dr. 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.