|Secretary of State of Ohio|
|Term length||Four years, two term limit|
|Inaugural holder|| William Creighton, Jr. |
|Website||Office of the Ohio Secretary of State|
The Secretary of State of Ohio is an elected statewide official in the State of Ohio. The Secretary of state is responsible for overseeing elections in the state; registering business entities (corporations, etc.) and granting them the authority to do business within the state; registering secured transactions; and granting access to public documents.
From 1803 to 1851, the Ohio Secretary of State was elected by the Ohio General Assembly to a three-year term. The 1851 Ohio Constitution made the office elective, with a two-year term. In 1954, the office's term was extended to four years. The Secretary of State is elected in even-numbered, off cycle years, (no Presidential elections), after partisan primary elections.
|#||Secretary of State||Term of office||Party|
|1||William Creighton Jr.||1803–1808||Democratic Republican|
|3||Moses H. Kirby||1831–1835||Whig|
|4||Benjamin B. Hinkson||1835–1836||Democratic|
|5||Carter B. Harlan||1836–1840||Democratic|
|9||Henry W. King||1850–1852||Free Soil|
|11||James H. Baker||1856–1858||Republican|
|12||Addison P. Russell||1858–1862||Republican|
|13||Benjamin R. Cowen||1862||Republican|
|14||Wilson S. Kennon||1862–1863||Republican|
|15||William W. Armstrong||1863–1865||Democratic|
|16||William Henry Smith||1865–1868||Republican|
|18||Isaac R. Sherwood||1869–1873||Republican|
|19||Allen T. Wikoff||1873–1875||Republican|
|20||William Bell, Jr.||1875–1877||Democratic|
|23||James W. Newman||1883-1885||Democratic|
|24||James Sidney Robinson||1885–1889||Republican|
|25||Daniel J. Ryan||1889–1891||Republican|
|26||Christian L. Poorman||1891–1893||Republican|
|27||Samuel McIntire Taylor||1893–1897||Republican|
|29||Lewis C. Laylin||1901–1907||Republican|
|31||Charles H. Graves||1911–1915||Democratic|
|32||Charles Quinn Hildebrant||1915–1917||Republican|
|33||William D. Fulton||1917–1919||Democratic|
|34||Harvey C. Smith||1919–1923||Republican|
|35||Thad H. Brown||1923–1927||Republican|
|36||Clarence J. Brown||1927–1933||Republican|
|37||George S. Myers||1933–1936||Democratic|
|38||William J. Kennedy||1936–1939||Democratic|
|40||George M. Neffiner||1940–1941||Republican|
|41||John E. Sweeney||1941–1943||Democratic|
|42||Edward J. Hummel||1943–1949||Republican|
|43||Donald K. Zoller||1949–1951||Republican|
|44||Ted W. Brown||1951–1979||Republican|
|45||Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.||1979–1983||Democratic|
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