Governors from Hardin County

When I was asked to write these articles, I was a little nervous because I
was not sure if I would be able to come up with a topic for each article
that had not already been done. The museum has a wealth of information but
at times, it can be overwhelming. Lately, however, I have gotten my ideas
from conversations I have had with people who have either stopped in the
museum, one of our volunteers, or my dad who has been involved in the
museum for over 30 years. This week’s topic comes from one such
conversation, this one between my dad, Tim Striker and myself.
Hardin County has many examples of people who have gone on to do important
things. Brig. General James S Robinson served as Secretary of State for
Ohio from 1885-1889. The United States Army currently has a Lt. General
John (Mike) Murray who is from Kenton. Rollo May, an American existential
psychologist was from Ada, OH along with John Berton, the award-winning
computer graphics animator and special effects supervisor whose work
includes The Mummy (1999) and Men in Black II (2002). Then there is Dean
Pees, who is from Dunkirk and who is the defensive coordinator for the
Baltimore Ravens.
Did you know that Hardin County was also the home of two state governors?
However, they were not governors of Ohio but of Kansas. The first was
Nehemiah Green who was born on March 8, 1837 in Grassy Point, which is
between Kenton and Ridgeway on State Route 292. Green would take over the
office after Governor Samuel J. Crawford resigned. He held the office for
sixty-nine days finishing up Crawford’s term. He did not run for a second
term. The second was William Eugene Stanley. Stanley was born in Danville,
Ohio which is in Knox County but was raised on a farm and educated in
Hardin County. He went on to be a lawyer after passing the bar in Kenton
in 1868. In 1870, Stanley and his wife moved to Perry, Kansas where he
opened his law practice. After a move to Wichita in 1872, he was elected
to the Kansas House of Representatives, a position he held from 1881-1883.
He was elected to the governorship in 1888 and was reelected for a second
term. He would end his role as governor in 1903.
These are just a few examples of people from Hardin County who have gone
on to do amazing things. Do you know of anyone else? We would love to hear
about them. Please contact us at the museum at 419-673-7147 or at

Historically yours,
Sheena Striker
Assistant Director
Hardin County Historical Museums, INC
223 N Main Street
Kenton, OH 43326