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The Columbus Dispatch was whining about Governor Strickland suggesting he was thinking about not carrying on the rich tradition started way back in… 1998 by Governor George Voinovich to carve his name into the Governor’s desk.

Nancy Hollister, who served as Governor for the week and a half between George Voinovich and Taft (Voinovich had to resign early to take his Senate seat roughly ten days before Bob Taft could be sworn in) carved her name into the desk as well.

Strickland, a Democrat who leaves office Sunday, said last month that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll follow suit.

"It’s on the right-hand side of the desk, so if I were to do it, I’d probably move over to the left-hand side," he quipped.

The desk, made of rosewood and walnut, is original to the Statehouse and first was used in 1857 by Gov. Salmon P. Chase, Ohio’s 23rd governor.

Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln was sitting at the desk across from Gov. William Dennison Jr. in 1861 when Lincoln learned that the Electoral College had named him president.

Well, as this picture shows, Governor Strickland continued the recent tradition of outgoing Governors vandalizing a desk that is over 150 years old.

Happy, Dispatch?

 

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