Myron Timothy Herrick (October 9, 1854 – March 31, 1929) was an American banker, diplomat and Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 42nd governor of Ohio and United States Ambassador to France on two occasions.
Myron T. Herrick
|42nd Governor of Ohio|
January 11, 1904 – January 8, 1906
|Lieutenant||Warren G. Harding|
|Preceded by||George K. Nash|
|Succeeded by||John M. Pattison|
|U.S. Ambassador to France|
|Preceded by||Robert Bacon|
|Succeeded by||William Graves Sharp|
|Preceded by||Hugh Campbell Wallace|
|Succeeded by||Walter Evans Edge|
Myron Timothy Herrick
October 9, 1854
Lorain County, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 31, 1929 (aged 74)|
|Resting place||Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Marina Parmely|
|Alma mater||Oberlin College|
Ohio Wesleyan University
Herrick was born in Huntington, Lorain County, Ohio, the son of Mary (Hulburt) Herrick and Timothy Robinson Herrick a local farmer. He studied at Oberlin College and Ohio Wesleyan University, but graduated from neither. He married Caroline Marina Parmely of Dayton, Ohio on June 30, 1880. They had one son, Parmely Webb Herrick (1881–1937).
From 1885 to 1888, Herrick was a member of the Cleveland City Council. In 1886, in Cleveland, he helped to finance the founding of The National Carbon Company, along with W. H. Lawrence, James Parmelee, and James Webb Cook Hayes, son of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. This company, a predecessor of Union Carbide, Energizer, and Eveready, would come to figure prominently in the history of the consumer battery and the flashlight.
In 1902, Herrick gave the village of Wellington, Ohio, a grant of $20,000, which they used to build the library now known as the Herrick Memorial Library. Herrick later bequeathed $70,000 for an addition.
Herrick served as the Governor of Ohio from 1904 to 1906; (future United States President) Warren G. Harding served as his Lieutenant Governor. He had been a protégé of political boss Mark Hanna, but in 1906 was defeated by the efforts of Wayne Wheeler and the Anti-Saloon League after he refused to support their plan for prohibition of alcohol in Ohio.
He subsequently served as United States Ambassador to France from 1912 to 1914 and again from 1921 to 1929. He is the only American ambassador to France with a street named after him in Paris, in the 8th arrondissement. Herrick was the ambassador who hosted Charles Lindbergh in Paris after his successful New York to Paris Atlantic crossing in 1927. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1916 against Atlee Pomerene.
Herrick was serving as United States Ambassador to France at the time of his death on March 31, 1929. He died from a heart attack.
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- The Book of Clevelanders: A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland. Cleveland: The Burrows Bros. Company. 1914. pp. 129-130.
- Eveready Battery Company Records Collection at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
- Taylor 1899 : vol. 2, 136
- Village of Wellington. "Herrick Library". Retrieved September 23, 2018.
- "Ohio Governor Myron Timothy Herrick". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Theiss, Evelyn (October 18, 2009). "Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Ambassador Myron Herrick was much beloved by French: Elegant Cleveland". Cleveland.com.
- Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... Vol. 2. State of Ohio. p. 136.
- Myron Herrick, Friend of France: An Autobiography by Col. T Bentley Mott
- Myron T. Herrick at Find a Grave
- National Governors Association
- Ambassador Herrick, right, with Charles Lindbergh and Louis Bleriot; May 1927
- Myron T. Herrick Residence, formerly in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was demolished in 1969.
- Newspaper clippings about Myron T. Herrick in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW