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Secretaries of State of the State of Ohio: 1788 - present

From 1802 to 1851, the Secretaries of State were elected by joint ballot of the two houses of the General Assembly, for a term of three years. Under the Constitution of 1851, the office was made elective by the people, and the length of the term was fixed at two years. By an amendment adopted in 1954, the term of office is now four years.

Name of Secretary of StatePoliticsCountyTerm of Office
Winthrop Sargent  1788-1798
William Henry Harrison  1798-1799
Charles Willing Byrd  1799-1803
William Creighton Jr.Rep. 1803-1808
Jeremiah McLeneDem.Ross (Later Franklin Co.)1808-1831
Moses H. KirbyWhigHighland1831-1835
Benjamin B. HinksonDem.Clinton1835-1836
Carter B. HarlanDem.Clinton1836-1840
William TrevittDem.Perry1840-1841
John SloaneWhigJefferson1841-1844
Samuel GallowayWhigRoss (Later Franklin Co.)1844-1850
Henry W. KingFree SoilSummit1850-1852
William TrevittDem.Perry1852-1856
James H. BakerRep.Ross1856-1858
Addison P. RussellRep.Clinton1858-1862
Benjamin R. CowenRep.Hamilton1862-
Wilson S. KennonRep.Belmont1862-1863
William W. ArmstrongDem.Columbiana1863-1865
William H. SmithRep.Hamilton1865-1868
John Russell  1868-1869
Isaac R. SherwoodRep.Lucas1869-1873
Allen T. WikoffRep.Adams1873-1875
William Bell Jr.Dem.Licking1875-1877
Milton BarnesRep.Guernsey1877-1881
Charles TownsendRep.Athens1881-1883
James W. NewmanDem.Scioto1883-1885
James S. RobinsonRep.Hardin1885-1889
Daniel J. RyanRep.Scioto1889-1891
Christian L. PoormanRep.Belmont1891-1893
Samuel M. TaylorRep.Champaign1893-1897
Charles KinneyRep.Scioto1897-1901
Lewis C. LaylinRep.Huron1901-1907
Carmi ThompsonRep.Lawrence1907-1911
Charles H. GravesDem.Ottawa1911-1915
C.Q. HildebrantRep.Clinton1915-1917
William D. FultonDem.Licking1917-1919
Harvey C. SmithRep.Muskingum1919-1923
Thad H. BrownRep.Franklin1923-1927
Clarence J. BrownRep.Clinton1927-1933
George S. MyersDem.Cuyahoga1933-Dec. 1933
William J. KennedyDem.CuyahogaDec. 1936-Jan. 1939
Earl GriffithRep.Morrow1939-Apr. 1940
George M. NeffinerRep.ClintonApril 1940-Jan. 1941
John E. SweeneyDem.Cuyahoga1941-1943
Edward J. HummelRep.Hamilton1943-1949
Charles F. SweeneyDem.Erie1949-1951
Ted W. BrownRep.Clark1951-1979
Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.Dem.Cuyahoga1979-1983
Sherrod BrownDem.Richland1983-1991
Bob TaftRep.Franklin1991-1999
J. Kenneth BlackwellRep.Hamilton1999-2007
Jennifer BrunnerDem.Franklin2007-2010
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