Historical Preservation
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Historical Preservation

Over the last 167 years, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has played a key role in both state and national issues.  Preserving and celebrating that history is important.  Our office has embarked on an endeavor to collect artifacts from former Attorneys General to help tell the story of the office and those who have held the position of Attorney General.  Images of the artifacts that have been collected follow below. 

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First Ohio Attorney General’s Docket

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This docket of lawsuits from 1838 to 1848 reflects Henry Stanbery’s work as Ohio’s first Attorney General and in private practice.

On loan from the Ohio Historical Society
Letter Sizing up Two Attorneys General

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B.J. Brown wrote this letter in 1902 after observing the court arguments of Henry Stanbery and George Ellis Pugh, Ohio’s first and third Attorneys General, respectively. The letter went to P.B. Stanbery, a relative of Attorney General Stanbery.

On loan from the Ohio Historical Society
Report on an Early Ohio Thoroughfare

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Attorney General Henry Stanbery’s office produced this Special Report of the Attorney General in Relation to the Columbus and Sandusky Turnpike in 1847. It focuses on one of Ohio’s first highways that preceded today’s routes 23 and 4.

On loan from the Ohio Historical Society
Speech On the State of the Union

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George Ellis Pugh, Ohio’s Attorney General from 1852 to 1854, went on to serve in the U.S. Senate, where he delivered this speech on the condition of the nation in 1860.

On loan from the Ohio Historical Society
“The Fighting McCooks”

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This book by Charles and Barbara Whalen highlights the McCook family, which boasted more than a dozen Union soldiers. George Wythe McCook served as Ohio Attorney General from 1854 to 1856.

Donated by Michael L. Stokes
Report to the Governor

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Then-former Attorney General George Wythe McCook presented this report on the First and Second Ohio Regiments of the Union Army to Gov. William Dennison in 1861.

On loan from the State Library of Ohio