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U.S. Presidents to OHIO: Presidential wisdom inspires Bobcats through the ages

During the course of its 208-year history, Ohio University has been the destination of numerous civic leaders, including U.S. presidents, secretaries of state and civil rights leaders. As the presidential election draws near, Compass looks back at OHIO's most notable political visitors and their messages to the Ohio University community.


Herbert Hoover

President of the United States, 1929-1933
Visited Oct. 28, 1932

Here, President Hoover poses with the Ohio University football team.

"Words without action are the assassins of Idealism."


John F. Kennedy

President of the United States, 1961-1963
Visited Sept. 18, 1959

"With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love..."


Lyndon B. Johnson

President of the United States, 1963-1969
Visited May 7, 1964

Here, President Johnson exits his vehicle as it processes up Richland Ave. to sign a drum for a member of the Nelsonville High School marching band.

"Let your young hearts armed with new weapons join an old battle against ancient enemies; the enemies of poverty and disease, illiteracy and strife. ... With your courage and your compassion and your desire, we will build the Great Society."


 Dwight D. Eisenhower

President of the United States, 1953-1961
Visited Oct. 5, 1965

"The destiny of the nation is as great in promise as its young people are great in character."


Jimmy Carter

President of the United States, 1977-1981
Visited May 11, 1989

"Ohio University has a special place in international affairs. Its students should be world citizens."


 Barack Obama

President of the United States, 2009-present
Visited Oct. 17, 2012

"Don't boo. Vote!"

Words worth remembering

Students passing the western wall of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium may notice the plaques affixed to the bricks. What they might not notice are the quotations from other famous visitors to the University, including:

Susan B. Anthony
Woman Suffrage Leader
Visited Oct. 19, 1878

"To secure both national and 'domestic tranquility,' to 'establish justice,' to carry out the spirit of our Constitution, put into the hands of all women ... the ballot."

Theodore Roosevelt
President of the United States
1901 to 1909
Visited May 17, 1912

"Much has been given us and much will rightfully be expected from us."

Warren G. Harding
President of the United States
1921 to 1923
Visited Nov. 2, 1916

"Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little."

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