45th Governor of Ohio
Who was Judson Harmon?
Judson Harmon was a Democratic politician from Ohio. Born Francis Judson Harmon, son of Rev. Benjamin Franklin and Julia (Bronson) Harmon, he is said to have been named after Adoniram Judson, a famous American Baptist foreign missionary. In 1895, President Grover Cleveland appointed Judson Harmon as the 41st United States Attorney General. Over a decade later he would become the 45th Governor of Ohio. At the Democratic National Convention in 1912, Judson Harmon was nominated as a candidate for the presidency. However, by the time the convention balloting was complete, New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson received the Democratic nomination.
Gov. Judson Harmon had a few former U.S. Presidents in his family tree including Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gerald Ford. Celebrity kin include actress Amy Adams, famed Rock and Roll guitarist Duane Eddy, actress Katharine Hepburn, actor Humphrey Bogart, famed pediatrician and author Dr. Benjamin Spock, singer and songwriter Harry Chapin, actor John Wayne, Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, actor Matt Damon, actress Shirley Temple, and a number of others.
Other notable figures with kinship to Gov. Judson Harmon include British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, Declaration of Independence signer William Williams, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Colt revolver inventor Samuel Colt, abolitionist John Brown, Admiral George Dewey, artist Norman Rockwell, author and historian David McCullough, poet Emily Dickinson, aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and the Wright brothers.
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