Posted Thursday, June 10, 2010
The race is on to determine who will represent Ohio in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. There are ten finalists, so, who has had a bigger impact? The inventor of the light bulb or the discoverer of the oral polio vaccine; the first in flight or the fleet of foot; the abolitionist or the astronaut? How do you decide? And what about the greats who didn't make the final cut? Voting ends Saturday, and we're talking about it Thursday morning.
The Ten Finalists
1. James M. Ashley
2. Thomas Edison
3. Ulysses S. Grant
4. William McCulloch
5. Jesse Owens
6. Judith Resnik
7. Albert Sabin
8. Harriet Beecher Stowe
9. Harriet Taylor Upton
10. Orville and Wilbur Wright (counted as one)
Statuary voting locations in NE Ohio
Western Reserve Historical Society
Shaker Historical Museum
Hale Farm & Village
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Albert Sabin. He saved the most lives and continues to save lives all over the world. He was a healer, a scientist and a man seeking to make the lives of every human being healthier, better and of better quality.
How disappointing not to see terrific writer and Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison on the list! She writes with such lyricism and acuity, and her work chronicles histories that continue to live in all of us today.
Albert Sabin all the way! Without his contributions to the world, there would have been so much more suffering. Our quality of life was immeasurably improved because of his vaccine.
I remember meeting Jesse Owens at James Ford Rhodes in 1972 for a replanting of a tree there. While the Rhodes track was the location of several of his high feats. To me his most memorable moment was watching and listening to this strong peacful man speak to a completely white teenage audience, few of which cared nor appreciated his accomplishments, with a grace i have not witnessed since.
A vote for Thomas Edison—The name Edison associated with Ohio would be a positive connection for Ohio.
I was disappointed that Annie Oakley was not on the list of 10. She is an outstanding advocate of women, teaching hundreds to shoot & modeling independence and achievement.
I would vote for Edison, since she is not on the list.
Thanks for this discussion. It was uplifting to hear about such a talented bunch of Ohioians!
Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President, and General who preserved the Union by winning the Civil War.
Given all the contributions made to man kind I nominate Thomas Alva Edison.