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Accession Number 2014.010
Catalog Number 2014.010.003
Object Name Invitation
Description Wooden plaque with stainless steel face: "The Inaugural Committee / requests the honor of your presence / to attend and participate in the Inauguration of / John Joyce Gilligan / as sixty-second Governor of the State of Ohio / on Monday, the Eleventh of January / One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy-one / in the City of Columbus"

On the back of the invitation is a hook at top for hanging and a tag that reads: Thoughtfulized MP Stainless The Massillon Plaque Company 630 Erie Street North Massillon, Ohio Phone [rest is missing]
Date 1971
Dimensions H-8 W-4.75 inches
Notes John J. Gilligan was born on March 22, 1921, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1943, and he then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for the duration of World War II. Upon returning to the United States, Gilligan enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1947.

Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Gilligan taught literature courses at Xavier University. In 1953, he embarked upon a career in politics, winning election to the Cincinnati City Council as a member of the Democratic Party. Gilligan served on the council from 1953 to 1963. In 1964, Gilligan won election to the U.S.House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 1st District. He only served one term (1965-1967). He lost his reelection bid because the Republican-controlled state legislature redrew his district, placing a much larger number of Republicans in it. In 1968, Gilligan unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate.

Undaunted after these two defeats, Gilligan remained active in politics, winning election to the Ohio governor's office in 1970. During Gilligan's administration, Ohio adopted a graduated state income tax to overcome budget shortfalls. Gilligan also saw the implementation of the state lottery during his time in office, although he opposed this measure. In 1973, the state legislature and the governor concurred to lower the voting age to eighteen years, and Gilligan also secured funding to improve Ohio's transportation infrastructure. The governor sought reelection in 1974, but he lost to former governor James Rhodes.

Upon leaving the governor's office, Gilligan served as the director of the United States Agency for International Development from 1977 to 1979. He also taught at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame. In 1999, he returned to politics, winning election to the Cincinnati, Ohio School Board. Interestingly, Gilligan's daughter, Kathleen Sebelius, served as the governor of Kansas. Gilligan and Sebelius are the only father and daughter to be elected as state governors. She was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009.
People Gilligan, John J. (John Joyce), 1921-2013
Material Wood/Metal
Inscription Location Center bottom
Inscription Text Thoughtfulized MP Stainless
The Massilllon Plaque Company 630 Erie Street North Massillon, Ohio Phone: [missing]
Inscription Type Paper Tag
Provenance Betty Bunyon of Columbus, Ohio, worked for the State of Ohio for fifty-two years. She began her service under Auditor Joseph T. Ferguson who served from 1937 to 1953 and continued under Auditor James A. Rhodes (1953–1963). She then served as a notary commission clerk under Governors Rhodes, James Gilligan, Richard Celeste, George Voinovich, Nancy Hollister and Bob Taft.

Her daughter donated this collection to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in 2014.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Subjects Governors
Collection Betty Bunyon