One State, Eight Presidents

by DiscoverOhio

In the 50 years before the roaring 1920s, 10 men were elected President, eight hailed from Ohio--giving the state its nickname, "Mother of Presidents." From Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Warren G. Harding, the list of Ohio presidents includes some of the most influential leaders in history.

Whether you’re a history buff or just patriotic, you can embark on a multi-day journey visiting monuments and paying tribute to the nation’s former leaders.

On Day One, visit the home of President Garfield and the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, a 232-foot by 136-foot marble memorial. Don’t forget to stop by the National First Ladies’ Library.

On Day Two, travel to the Hayes Presidential Center, which includes a museum, as well as the Hayes Tomb. Then venture to the Warren Harding Memorial.

Day Three takes off at the National Air Force Museum. Check out the retired “Air Force One” that carried President Kennedy’s body to Washington, D.C.

On Day Four, travel to the Cincinnati-area to visit the birthplace and boyhood homes of Presidents William Howard Taft and Ulysses S. Grant.



Tour Stops

  • James A Garfield-National Historic Site

    A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, a place to enjoy the breeze on a warm summer night. For others, a perch from which to keep eyes on what's happening in their neighborhood. In 1880, James Garfield used his front porch as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign. Today, the porch serves as a gateway to the story of the Garfield family.

    • Address: 8095 Mentor Avenue
      Mentor, Ohio 44060
    • Phone: Local Number: 440-205-3825
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  • Warren G. Harding Home

    Warren G. Harding launched himself into the White House in 1920 with his famous "front porch" campaign, which he conducted from his Victorian home in Marion, Ohio.

    The restored house was built in 1891 and contains almost all original furnishings owned by President Harding and his wife Florence. The library was renovated in 2005. Adjacent to the Harding Home is a press house used during the 1920 campaign which now serves as a museum dedicated to President and Mrs. Harding's lives.

    The Harding Tomb, the final resting place for President and Mrs. Harding, is located in Marion, a few miles away.

    • Address: 380 Mt. Vernon Avenue
      Marion, Ohio 43302
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 600-6894
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  • U.S. Grant Boyhood Home

    The Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown was the home of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, from 1823, when Grant was one year old, until 1839, when he left to attend West Point. Ulysses Grant lived in this home longer than any other during his lifetime.

    Jesse and Hanna Grant, the parents of young Hiram Ulysses Grant, built the original two-story brick section of the Grant Boyhood home in 1823, when they moved to Georgetown from Point Pleasant in Clermont County, where Ulysses had been born the year before. A large kitchen was added the following year and five years later they built a new two-story home connected to the front of the original structure. Ulysses lived with his parents and four siblings at the home until 1839 when he left to attend West Point. It was at West Point that, through a bureaucratic error, his name was listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant.

    During his youth in Georgetown, Grant attended school, worked in his father's tannery, and spent hour upon hour in his favorite pastime - working with horses. A Georgetown couple purchased the Grant Boyhood Home in 1977 to prevent its demolition. The home was restored and furnished, with one room which is dedicated to Grant and Georgetown memorabilia. The site has been open since 1982 when it was put on the National Register and declared a National Historic Landmark.

    • Address: 318 W State St.
      Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 877-372-8177
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  • National First Ladies' Library/First Ladies National Historic Site

    Tour changing exhibits about the lives and contributions of our First Ladies at our Education & Research Center and the Saxton McKinley House, the restored Victorian Home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley. 

    Guided tours Tuesday - Saturday at 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30, plus Sundays in June, July & August at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30.  Tours begin at the Education & Research Center.  Reservations required for 6 or more; recommended for all others

    • Address: 331 Market Ave. South
      Canton, Ohio 44702
    • Phone: Local Number: 3304520876
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  • Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

    The state of Ohio is referred to as the "Mother of Presidents" because eight of its native sons - more than any other state - have served as U.S. President.  Ohio also can lay claim to the FIRST presidential library in the nation - the Rutherford B. Hayes Library/Museum in Fremont. The library opened to the public May 30, 1916. This memorial to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes actually served as a model for later presidential libraries, in particular the second presidential library in the nation - the FDR Library. Often overlooked because it is not part of the federal system of presidential libraries, the Hayes Library/Museum is independently owned and operated. Major additions in 1922 and 1968 brought the Hayes Museum & Library to its present configuration of exhibit galleries, Research Library, and storage areas totaling 52,640 feet.

    In 1965, President Hayes' descendants donated the 31-room Hayes Home for use as a house-museum. Today, visitors to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center can tour the Hayes Home (in 2012 restored to its 19th Century appearance) and the Hayes Museum, utilize the vast resources of the Hayes Library, visit the President's burial site, see the original White House gates, and walk through 25-acres of President Hayes' beloved "Spiegel Grove" estate. Admission fees are charged for Hayes Home and Museum tours. The Library and grounds can be accessed for free. *NOTE: Home tours take place on the half hour, with the first tour at 9:30 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.) and 12:30 (Sun. & holidays). The final tour of each day begins at 4 p.m.

    • Address: 1337 Hayes Ave
      Fremont, Ohio 43420
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 332-2081
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  • National McKinley Birthplace Memorial & Museum

    This memorial and library honors the 25th US President, William F McKinley, who was born and raised in Niles, Ohio.

    His memorial is a classic example of Greek architecture and was built with Georgian marble and has two lateral wings. A statue of the former president graces the center of the "Court of Honor" and the museum contains artifacts of McKinley's life and presidency.

    He was the only president from the Civil War era who entered the Union Army as an enlisted man and was the first presidential candidate to use campaign buttons and memorabilia and the telephone to increase electoral appeal when campaigning.

    Last scheduled tour of the museum is 3:30 pm.

    • Address: 40 North Main Street
      Niles, Ohio 44446
    • Phone: Local Number: 3306521704
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  • National Museum of the United States Air Force

    The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. The museum welcomes about one million visitors from around the world each year and boasts 17 acres of indoor exhibit space, more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and thousands of artifacts.

    • Address: 1100 Spaatz St.
      Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
    • Phone: Local Number: (937) 255-3286
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