George K. Nash

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George Kilbon Nash
George K. Nash at statehouse.jpg
1905 portrait by Charles T. Webber
41st Governor of Ohio
In office
January 8, 1900 – January 11, 1904
Preceded by Asa S. Bushnell
Succeeded by Myron T. Herrick
15th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 12, 1880 – April 16, 1883
Preceded by Isaiah Pillars
Succeeded by David Hollingsworth
Personal details
Born (1842-08-14)August 14, 1842
Medina County, Ohio
Died October 28, 1904(1904-10-28) (aged 62)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Adeline Ayres
Children Mary Nash
Alma mater Oberlin College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Union Army
Unit 150th Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Kilbon Nash (August 14, 1842 – October 28, 1904) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 41st Governor of Ohio.


Nash was born in York Township, Medina County, Ohio. He attended the preparatory school at Western Reserve College. At 20 years of age he entered Oberlin College and stayed until his sophomore year, when he enlisted as a private in the One hundred fiftieth regiment of the Ohio National Guard of the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war he studied law in the offices of Robert B. Warden, who had been a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.[1][2] He was admitted to the bar in 1867 in Columbus, Ohio. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Franklin County, Ohio in 1870, and re-elected in 1872.[1] He re-entered private practice, and in 1876 lost a bid for Congress,[1][3] and lost for Ohio Attorney General in 1877.[1][4] In October, 1879, he was elected Ohio Attorney General.[5] In 1881 he was re-elected.[6] In 1883, he was appointed a member of the Supreme Court Commission of Ohio for two years. He then devoted time to lucrative private practice, including significant railroad litigation, and party politics.[1] Nash served as Governor of Ohio from January 8, 1900 to January 11, 1904.

Story with Dick Price

The following story is written in the book by Al Jennings, Through the Shadows With O. Henry. A young inmate, Dick Price, was sentenced for life for repeated safe-cracking, in which he was a good specialist. Once there was a necessity to open a safe of a company, when keys were lost. George Nash promised to pardon Price, if he did it. Price cracked the safe, but Nash didn't pardon him, failing to fulfil his promise. Soon Price died in prison. His story was used by O. Henry in his story "A Retrieved Reformation".

According to other sources,[7] the name of the safe-cracker was Jimmy Connors.


George K. Nash was the son of Asa Nash and Electa Branch Nash. They were farmers in Medina County, originally from Massachusetts. There were three sons and two daughters in the family.[2] Nash married Mrs. William K. Deshler,[2] (Adaline Ayres),[8] April, 1882. She died October 17, 1886. They had one daughter, named Mary Nash, who died February 12, 1897. Both were interred in Green Lawn Cemetery, and Nash visited their graves and left flowers before each of his inaugurations.[2] Governor Nash was also buried at Green Lawn.[8]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Smith 1898 Volume II : 122
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mercer 1903 : 7-11
  3. 1876: Twelfth district Democrat Thomas Ewing 19,628, Nash 14,451 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 365
  4. 1877: Democrat Isaiah Pillars 269,506 Nash 252,155 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 379
  5. 1879: Nash 336,100 Isaiah Pillars 316,778 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 406
  6. 1881: Nash 315,665 Democrat Frank C. Daugherty 287,470 from Smith 1898 Volume I : 450
  7. Nextext at
  8. 8.0 8.1 Green Lawn Cemetery Burial Records


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