Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents and has long claimed the title of having produced the most Presidents of the United States. Many people in Ohio believe they have produced the most presidents, because more presidents were elected who lived in that state. Ohio calls itself the “Mother of Presidents,” or the “Mother of Modern Presidents” and also claims eight presidents, seven of whom were born in the state.
The argument arises over claims to William Henry Harrison, as even though he was born in Virginia, he ended up living in Ohio. William Henry Harrison is claimed for Ohio which he considered his home, but he is also claimed by Virginia where he was born. The arguments about who should claim Harrison are based strictly on keeping a count rather than taking credit for a full presidential term or any accomplishments. It was awful weather and very cold when William Henry Harrison took office as President, and he caught a serious cold. When he died just one month later he was the first president to die in office. He was in office for just a month, during which he was sick.
Who are the Virginia Presidents?George Washington
William Henry Harrison
Who are the Ohio Presidents?William Henry Harrison
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
Benjamin HarrisonWilliam McKinley
William Howard Taft
Warren HardingClaiming the record based on modern presidents, as some Ohio people do, makes some sense, as the Virginia presidents were elected in the early years of the country. Virginia was a powerful state which played a vital role in colonial life and the Revolutionary War. Ohio was a growing state, which soon became more important as the country expanded and moved west, and their presidents are clustered in those years. However, the contested William Henry Harrison as president number 5 appears much earlier on the list. After a cluster of Ohio presidents, there has not been one since Harding. There hasn’t been a president from Virginia in many years either.
As people move around so much and change states, it seems that the only fair way to determine what state should get the “credit” for producing presidents is by place of birth. In that case Virginia should claim the winning number.
Sources: www.Ohiohistory.org, www.whitehouse.gov.