Former speaker to have bust at statehouse

By Susan Hartley

July 24, 2014

For the Troy Daily News

COLUMBUS — State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has approved the placement of a bust of former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives William Moore McCulloch, in the great hall outside the House Chamber in the Ohio Statehouse.

Adams now holds the seat of the district that was held by McCulloch.

McCulloch was born in 1901, in Holmesville. After receiving his law degree from The Ohio State University, he practiced law in Florida before relocating to Piqua, where he established a law practice. He later served as state representative and was Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives for three terms.

In addition to serving on the state level, McCulloch was a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act, as well as other pieces of legislation that established and protected equal rights for all Americans. Congressman McCulloch passed away in 1980 and was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

“As we recognize the 50th year anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Speaker William G. Batchelder, Representative Sandra Williams and I are supportive and commend the action taken by the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board in honoring such an exemplary man and public servant,” Adams said. “With the addition of McCulloch’s bust in the Ohio Statehouse, we are paying tribute to a person who was a major participant in changing the course of history in America and served his constituents, along with the citizens throughout the United States of America, with distinction.”

The bust will be created by Jack Earl of Lakeview, who specializes in hard-paste porcelain sculptures, and is a nationally and internationally recognized artist.