John W. Bricker

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John William Bricker

Preceded by Kingsley A. Taft
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959

Governor of Ohio
In office
January 9, 1939 – January 8, 1945
Preceded by Marrtin L. Davey
Succeeded by Frank J. Lausche

Attorney General of Ohio
In office
Preceded by Gilbert Bettman
Succeeded by Herbert S. Duffy

Born September 6, 1893
Mount Sterling
Madison County
Died March 22, 1986 (aged 92)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet Day Bricker (1897-1985)
Children Harriet E. Bricker (1921-1922)
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Attorney

United States Army in World War I

Religion Congregationalist

John William Bricker (September 6, 1893 – March 22, 1986) was a conservative Republican politician in his native Ohio. Bricker was the attorney general of his state from 1933 to 1937 and the governor for three two-year terms from 1939 to 1945 and thereafter a U.S. Senator from 1947 to 1959, when he was unseated by the liberal Democrat Stephen Marvin Young (1889-1984) in a campaign in which Bricker endorsed a proposed right-to-work law for Ohio.

In 1944, Bricker was his party's vice-presidential nominee on the ticket headed by Governor Thomas Dewey of New York. The ticket did win Bricker's Ohio but lost Dewey's New York to Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1948, Dewey again ran for president against Harry Truman, with the liberal Governor Earl Warren for vice president. That time Dewey won New York state but lost Warren's native California. In neither election was Dewey a strong candidate in terms of electoral votes.

On July 12, 1947, a Capitol Police officer attempted without success to assassinate Senator Bricker.[1]

In the 1950s, Senator Bricker pushed unsuccessfully for passage of his Bricker Amendment, which had it become part of the United States Constitution would have exempted U.S. laws, treaties, and executive agreements from the dictate of the United Nations.

The John W. Bricker Federal Building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, is named in his honor.