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Next Meeting: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: William Vodrey, Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

Topic: Ohio's Civil War Governors

Our 2015-16 season will be kicked off with a first time appearance by William Vodrey of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table.  Mr. Vodrey’s topic is Ohio’s Civil War Governors.  Ohio's Civil War governors were William Dennison, David Tod and John Brough. The first was a Whig-turned-Republican, while the other two were War Democrats. Each did relatively well in office, strongly supporting the Lincoln Administration's military policies and guiding Ohio through its greatest crisis. In time, however, all three lost political support in the state and were denied reelection, each worn down by the intense demands of civilian wartime leadership. That these Buckeye men did as well as they did is surprising, but also reassuring, for in a democracy such as ours, many - if not all - who rise to high office in a time of crisis will find themselves growing into the job.

 

 

William F.B. Vodrey is a magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court and a former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. Born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio, he graduated with honors from Oberlin College, later receiving his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Magistrate Vodrey has been interested in the Civil War for many years, and often speaks on Civil War topics to roundtables and historical societies. In addition to being member of the  Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, Civil War Trust, Blue & Gray Education Society, Ohio History Connection, Friends of Mount Vernon, National History Day and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is also a former reenactor with the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, in which he skyrocketed in just five short years to the rank of corporal. His article "George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?" appeared in American History magazine. 




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