Allen W. Thurman

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Allen William Thurman
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Born May 1847
Chillicothe, Ohio
Died November 15, 1922

Allen William Thurman (May 1847 – 15 November 1922) was a baseball executive and Democrat from Ohio who was the head of the state's Board of Administration in the early 1910s. The son of outspokenly racist U.S. senator Allen G. Thurman, he was known for his advocacy of eugenics.[1]


Thurman was born in 1847 to Allen Granberry Thurman and the former Mary Anderson Dun.

His father was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives three years before his birth. The elder Thurman served on the state Supreme Court in the 1850s and in 1868 was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he pushed for a sham impeachment resolution against President Ulysses S. Grant's Secretary of War William W. Belknap.[2] Belknap was a staunch opponent of the first Ku Klux Klan who was despised by Democrats, and targeted by the elder Thurman for impeachment and Senate conviction even after resigning. The racist effort was cited by Chuck Schumer in 2021 to argue for the Senate conviction of Donald Trump.[2]


Thurman gave a speech on February 11, 1892 advocating for the Democratic Party nomination of Grover Cleveland in the presidential race that year.[3] In the previous presidential election, his father ran as the running mate of Cleveland, though the ticket lost the general election to Republicans Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton.

As the president of the Ohio Board of Administration, Thurman in late September 1912 advocated population control and called for preventing what he called "imbeciles" from having children.[1] He exclaimed in his "prophecy" that the state would be "bankrupted" if it continued to care for the disabled and disadvantaged.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 September 26, 1912. Predicting Ohio's Bankruptcy. The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Greenfield, David (February 22, 2021). The Racist Origins of President Trump’s Impeachment. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  3. February 12, 1892. Allen W. Thurman's Letter To The Party. The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2021.

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