Ohio

Will Rogers wrote quite often about Ohio and its political figures. He visited Ohio on several occasions with stops in Cleveland, Cincinnati and several other cities as he flew across the United States.


“You can’t beat these Ohioans for office. Like all conventions, the man that goes in with the most votes never gets it.” – Weekly Articles, 1923


“Now, as I said, I was asked to speak at this Ohio incense burning, they figuring, on account of me not knowing anything about the State, I might accidentally say something good about it. But in reality I was doubling for President Harding, who they expected to have but couldn’t come, so I was chosen to take his place…. It don’t take much after all to please an Ohioan.” – Weekly Articles, 1923


“He comes from away out in Ohio. You see Ohio has two O’s in it, too. When Odd was born out in Ohio their alphabet dident consist of much else but O’s. So when they give a child an initial it had to have an O in it. He was born at a town called Golopolois, Ohio. So you see those Ohioans do the best they can on what O’s they got.” – Weekly Articles, 1932


“Can you imagine? This town of Cleveland wants the Republican and Democratic conventions both in 1928. A town that don’t know any more than that is liable to ask for a sesquicentennial. The Republican convention will be held further West, for that’s the way they are going to relieve the farmers—to let ’em see a convention. And as for the Democratic one, a sanity test will follow any town purposely asking for it.” – Daily Telegrams, April 15, 1927


“Dr. Wilce, the Ohio State coach, just showed me their new stadium, seating 100,000, built by hard study and excellent scholarship. They can seat 200 students to every book in the university. They lost to Michigan by a kick after touchdown. He has 400 students practicing day and night in relays to kick goals. A product of the old book mode of education,…P. S. – I suggested they practice making another touchdown, then they wouldn’t have to worry about the goal kicking.” – Daily Telegrams, January 14, 1927