William Moore McCulloch yesterday was selected as part of the 2011 class of “Great Ohioans” by the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board and Capital Square Foundation.
McCulloch is a former congressman and state representative, serving as speaker of the Ohio House from 1939-1944. After graduating from law school at the Ohio State University, he established his practice in Piqua. McCulloch is most widely recognized as a civil rights advocate, serving as a pivotal figure in historic legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Civil Rights Act and 1968 Fair Housing Act.
“Congressman McCulloch and his impressive record are a source of pride for our community,” Representative Adams said. “He is very deserving of the designation of ‘Great Ohioan,’ and we will never forget the contributions he made for our state and our nation.”
McCulloch joins three others in the 2011 class of “Great Ohioans,” including former presidents Ulysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft, along with women’s-rights leader Harriet Taylor Upton.