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Monday, October 22, 2012 1:14 PM

The Allen County Museum will present “Battleground: The 1912 Presidential Campaign in Allen County” at 2 p.m. Sunday.

One hundred years ago, incumbent President and Ohioan William Howard Taft, former President Theodore Roosevelt, New Jersey Governor and former Princeton University President Woodrow Wilson and Socialist Eugene V. Debs faced each other in one of America’s most interesting and hard-fought presidential elections. The tension between progressives and conservatives in the Republican Party laid the groundwork for a century of such battles in the GOP.

Ben Rose tells the story of Allen County’s role in that great battle. Rose is a graduate of Lima Senior High School, Princeton University, and the Ohio State University College of Law. He served as a US Navy officer on an Atlantic Fleet destroyer, in Vietnam, at the Pentagon in the Amphibious Warfare Section of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and in the Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for valor for his leadership of a river patrol unit in Vietnam which also provided boat support for Navy SEAL teams and Marine Reconnaissance units.

Rose was a Lima City Prosecutor and represented Allen County as a state representative, serving as Ranking Republican Member of the House Finance/Appropriations Committee and Assistant Republican Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.  He served as a Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President George H. W. Bush.

In Ohio, Ben served as Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Health, and Executive Secretary of the Ohio Industrial Commission. He recently completed a six-year term on the Ohio Ethics Commission.

This program is free and open to the public.


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