May 6, 2010


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Ohio State Law Alumnus Nominated for Statue

Statuary Hall

Each state in the union sends two statues to Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building to represent its state. Since 1880, James A. Garfield and William Allen have represented Ohio. Ohio is currently in the process of selecting a replacement for William Allen, who was a pro-slavery governor. The Ohio National Statuary Collection Study Committee has nominated 10 prominent Ohioans to permanently represent Ohio and the general public is being asked to vote on whom to send. One of these nominees is William McCulloch, a 1925 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law.

McCulloch was born in 1901 in Holmes County, Ohio, and practiced law in Piqua, Ohio, after graduating. He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 14 years, serving as speaker of the House for three terms. He left the Ohio House to serve in World War II and was elected to represent the Ohio 4th District in the United States House of Representatives in a special election held after the war. In Congress, McCulloch made a name for himself as a strong supporter of civil rights. As the ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1960s, he introduced civil rights legislation in the House, and his bipartisan support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was instrumental in the adoption of that legislation.

“With a Democratic Congress and president, Bill brought the Republicans into the fold; since with many southern Democrats the passage was unlikely with out Republican help,” said Frank Bazler ’53, who, early in his career, worked in the same county as McCulloch. “Bill stood firm on many provisions that made the passage possible. I encourage all of the alumni of the Moritz College of Law to cast a vote for Bill McCulloch.”

President Kennedy said the bill would not have passed without McCulloch, who went on to play prominent roles in the Voting Rights Act and other key civil rights bills during his 12 terms in Congress.

“We would not have a Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights Act of 1965 if it were not for William McCulloch, and God knows what would have happened to this country if those bills had not become law…,” Former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach has said. “What I want to emphasize is that there was no one, no one at all, as important in the enactment of those two pieces of vital legislation, the most important legislation of the 20th Century, than Bill McCulloch.”

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