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Great Ohioans

In 2003, the Capitol Square Foundation launched the "Great Ohioan" Award to commemorate the significant role of Ohioans in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. The foundation's first honoree for this award was a group of individuals which commemorated Ohio's role in the birth and development of aviation: the Wright Brothers, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. It is fitting these Ohioans were honored in 2003, Ohio's bicentennial celebration as well as the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The foundation hosted a special dinner to pay tribute to these aviation pioneers and celebrated how they have changed our world in so many ways.

Award Criteria



Award Goal: To commemorate the significant role of Ohioans in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history through the awarding of the Capitol Square Foundation's "Great Ohioan" Award.

Honoree Criteria: Must be an individual Ohioan or group of Ohioans who have made a significant or lasting contribution to the World, American or Ohio history; and

Must have been born in Ohio or lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years; and

At least 25 years have passed since the event, in which the nominee participated, is being commemorated; and

There is a compelling reason why the Ohio Statehouse, rather than some other location in the state, should be the location of the award or commemorative work.

Nomination Process: The Capitol Square Foundation Great Ohioans Committee will select two nominees from each category to submit up to the full Board for approval. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the oversight body for the Ohio Statehouse, will select the final award winners with a majority vote. The Great Ohioan Award recipients will be announced and recognized in January.

Past Award Inductees:
2014


Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock

Annie Oakley
2013


Granville Woods
James Garfield
Paul Brown
2012


Albert B Graham

Albert Sabin

Don Gentile

Florence Ellinwood Allen

Gordon Battelle

Washington Gladden

William T Sherman
2011


Ulysses S. Grant

William Moore McCulloch

William Howard Taft

Harriet Taylor Upton

2010


James Cox

Florence Ellinwood Allen

Bob Feller

Bill Willis





2009


Catherine Nelson Black

Salmon P. Chase

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Charles F. Kettering

Eddie Rickenbacker

Denton T. "Cy" Young


2008


Jesse Owens

Thomas Edison

Harriet Beecher Stowe

James Thurber

Colonel Charles Young

Dr. George Crile

2003


The Wright Brothers

John Glenn

Neil Armstrong

Related Documents Nomination Form (Doc)
Great Ohioan Award Criteria (Doc)
Great Ohioans Award Press Release (Doc)
 
 
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