John W. Bricker
|John William Bricker|
|Preceded by||Kingsley A. Taft|
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959
Governor of Ohio
January 9, 1939 – January 8, 1945
|Preceded by||Marrtin L. Davey|
|Succeeded by||Frank J. Lausche|
Attorney General of Ohio
|Preceded by||Gilbert Bettman|
|Succeeded by||Herbert S. Duffy|
|Born|| September 6, 1893|
|Died|| March 22, 1986 (aged 92)|
|Resting place||Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus|
|Spouse(s)||Harriet Day Bricker (1897-1985)|
|Children||Harriet E. Bricker (1921-1922)|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
John William Bricker (September 6, 1893 – March 22, 1986) was a conservative Republican politician in his native Ohio. Bricker was the attorney general of his state from 1933 to 1937 and the governor for three two-year terms from 1939 to 1945 and thereafter a U.S. Senator from 1947 to 1959, when he was unseated by the liberal Democrat Stephen Marvin Young (1889-1984) in a campaign in which Bricker endorsed a proposed right-to-work law for Ohio.
In 1944, Bricker was his party's vice-presidential nominee on the ticket headed by Governor Thomas Dewey of New York. The ticket did win Bricker's Ohio but lost Dewey's New York to Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1948, Dewey again ran for president against Harry Truman, with the liberal Governor Earl Warren for vice president. That time Dewey won New York state but lost Warren's native California. In neither election was Dewey a strong candidate in terms of electoral votes.
On July 12, 1947, a capitol police officer attempted without success to assassinate Senator Bricker.
In the 1950s, Senator Bricker pushed unsuccessfully for passage of his Bricker Amendment, which had it become part of the United States Constitution would have exempted U.S. laws, treaties, and executive agreements from the dictate of the United Nations.
The John W. Bricker Federal Building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, is named in his honor.