Myron T. Herrick

Myron T. Herrick
42nd Governor of Ohio
In office
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
In office
Preceded by Robert Bacon
Succeeded by William Graves Sharp
In office
Preceded by Hugh Campbell Wallace
Succeeded by Walter Evans Edge
Personal details
Born Myron Timothy Herrick
(1854-10-09)October 9, 1854
Lorain County, Ohio, U.S.
Died March 31, 1929(1929-03-31) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn M. Parmely
Children one
Alma mater Oberlin College
Ohio Wesleyan University

Myron Timothy Herrick (October 9, 1854  March 31, 1929) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 42nd Governor of Ohio.


Herrick was born in Huntington, Lorain County, Ohio, the son of Timothy Robinson Herrick a local farmer. He studied at Oberlin College and Ohio Wesleyan University, but graduated from neither.[1][2] He married Carolyn M. Parmely of Dayton, Ohio on June 30, 1880. They had one son, Parmely Webb Herrick.[2]


Myron T. Herrick

From 1885 to 1888, Herrick was a member of the Cleveland City Council.[1][2] In 1886, he helped to finance the founding of The National Carbon Company, along with W. H. Lawrence, James Parmelee, and James Webb Cook Hayes (see Webb Hayes), son of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] This company would come to figure prominently in the history of the consumer battery and the flashlight.

Herrick was a Presidential elector in 1892 for Harrison/Reid.[4]

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.[5] 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. He is interred at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.[6]


  1. 1 2 Wright, G. Fredrick, ed. (1916). A standard history of Lorain county, Ohio: an authentic narrative ... 1. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. p. 245.
  2. 1 2 3 Upton, Harriet Taylor (1910). Cutler, Harry Gardner, ed. History of the Western Reserve. 3. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 1340–1341.
  3. Eveready Battery Company Records Collection at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
  4. Taylor 1899 : vol. 2, 136
  5. "Ohio Governor Myron Timothy Herrick". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  6. "Myron T. Herrick". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 29, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
George K. Nash
Republican Party nominee for Governor of Ohio
1903, 1905
Succeeded by
Andrew L. Harris
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