LAUSCHE, Frank John (1895-1990)
Senate Years of Service: 1957-1969

LAUSCHE, FRANK JOHN, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio November 14, 1895; attended Central Institute Prep School in 1915 and 1916; during the First World War served as second lieutenant in the United States Army; graduated from John Marshall School of Law in 1920; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio; judge of Municipal Court 1932-1937; judge of Common Pleas Court 1937-1941; mayor of Cleveland 1941-1944; Governor of Ohio from 1945 until his resignation effective January 3, 1957, having been elected to the Senate; chairman of the National Governors Conference 1950-1951; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1956, reelected in 1962, and served from January 3, 1957, until January 3, 1969; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968; died in Cleveland, Ohio, April 21, 1990; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audiotapes (1963-1968) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Cincinnati Historical Society
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Murray Seasongood papers, 1848-1978.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, CA
Papers: 1975. 1 volume. Clippings, telegrams, letters, and speeches relating to the testimonial dinner in honor of Lausche's eightieth birthday. Photocopy.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Harold H. Burton papers, 1896-1964; and Charles Phelps Taft papers, 1824-1972. Finding aid.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1941-1968. 223 cubic feet. Official and personal papers relating to governorship and senatorial career. Gubernatorial files include constituent correspondence, interdepartmental correspondence, and reports pertaining to Mental Health Department reorganization; the creation of the Ohio Turnpike Commission; the Departments of Education, Natural Resources, and Public Welfare; the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation; highway construction; and strikes and the legislature. Senate files include constituent correspondence relating to national issues, state and local issues, and public relations; and Foreign Relations committee files including country files, and international issues files. Missing from the senatorial materials are correspondence with government officials, federal grants files, appointments files, and legislation files. The Foreign Relations Committee materials also provide little information on the development of policy. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Miscellaneous material in various collections including Thomas Albert Jenkins papers, 1927-1959; and John Taylor papers, 1937-1963.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1992; and Read Bain papers, 1893-1972. Finding aid.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Florence Ellinwood Allen papers, 1856-1967; Harry Lloyd Eastman papers, 1917-1967; and Ray T. Miller papers, 1906-1966.

  • Bittner, William C. Frank J. Lausche: A Political Biography. New York: Studia Slovenica, 1975.
  • Gobetz, Edward, ed. Ohio's Lincoln, Frank J. Lausche: A Tribute and Festschrift for His 90th Birthday. Willoughby Hills, OH: Slovenian Research Center of America, 1985.
  • Odenkirk, James E. Frank J. Lausche: Ohio's Great Political Maverick. Wilmington, Ohio: Orange Frazer Press, 2005.
  • Usher, Brian. "The Lausche Era, 1945-1957.'' In Ohio Politics, edited by Alexander P. Lamis, pp. 18-41. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1994.