Harmon, Judson, 1846–1927, U.S. Attorney General and governor of Ohio, b. Newton, Ohio. He was a lawyer and a judge in Cincinnati for many years and served (1895–97) ably as U.S. Attorney General under President Cleveland. Harmon was elected (1908) governor of Ohio on the Democratic ticket, thus breaking a long Republican rule. He was reelected in 1910, defeating Warren G. Harding. As governor he put through many reforms, including a corrupt-practices act, a workers' compensation act, and Ohio's ratification of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
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