History of the Treasurer's Office

Proudly serving Ohio for more than 200 Years

Before Ohio became a state there was a public official managing the public's money.  John Armstrong of Marietta served as Treasurer-General for the Northwest Territory from 1796 to 1803.

Armstrong was appointed to the post by Congress, a role taken over by the Ohio Legislature in 1803. The legislature relinquished that power in 1851, when the treasurer became an elected official. Just like today, the treasurer back then was responsible for collecting and safeguarding most of Ohio's taxes and fees and managing state investments.

Although the role of the treasurer has remained the same, the scale of the office has increased dramatically since the mid-19th century. The Ohio Treasury handled only about $6 million in total public funds in the late 19th century. As of Fiscal Year 2017, the office managed more than $224 billion in financial assets, including an investment portfolio that exceeds $21.5 billion.

The Treasury was located in the Ohio statehouse from 1861 until 1974, when it was moved to its current location in the Rhodes Office Tower in downtown Columbus. Records show that it took a day and a half and 180 trips to move about $9 billion in securities from statehouse vaults to the Treasury's new offices.

The original office, located just inside the west entrance of the statehouse, was restored to its 19th-century appearance during the capital building's recent renovation. It is still used for ceremonial Treasury events.

Past Treasurers:

 

Sprague
Robert Sprague

2019-Present 
 Mandel
Josh Mandel

2011-2019
 Boyce
Kevin L. Boyce

2009-2011
cordray
Richard Cordray

2007-2009 
    
Bradley
Jennette B. Bradley

2005-2007 
Deters
Joseph T. Deters

1999-2005
Blackwell
J. Kenneth Blackwell

1994-1999
Withrow
Mary Ellen Withrow

1983-1994
    
Donahey
Gertrude W. Donahey

1971-1983 
Herbert
John D. Herbert

1963-1971
Ferguson
Joseph T. Ferguson

1959-1963 
Tracy
Roger W. Tracy

1951-1959 
    
Ebright
Don H. Ebright

1939-1951
Knisley
Clarence Knisley

1937-1939
Day
Harry S. Day

1931-1937 (Second Term)
todd
Edwin A. Todd

1930-1931 
    
Ake
H. Ross Ake

1929-1930
Buckley
Bert B. Buckley

1927-1929
Day
Harry S. Day

1923-1927 (1st Term) 
Archer
Rudolph W. Archer

1919-1923 (Second Term)
    
Bryan
Chester E. Bryan

1917-1919
Archer
Rudolph W. Archer

1915-1917 (First Term)
Brennan
John P. Brennan

1913-1915
Brennan
David S. Creamer

1909-1913
    
Green
Charles C. Green

1908-1909
McKinnon
William S. McKinnon

1904-1908
Cameron
Issac B. Cameron

1900-1904
Campbell
Samuel B. Campbell

1896-1900
    
Cope
William T. Cope

1892-1896
Brown
John C. Brown

1886-1892
Brady
Peter Brady

1884-1886
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Joseph Turney

1880-1884
    
Howells
Anthony Howells

1878-1880
Millikin
John M. Millikin

1876-1878
leroy-welsh
Leroy Welsh

1875-1876
isaac-welsh
Isaac Welsh

1872-1875
    
warner
S.S. Warner

1866-1872
hooper
William Hooper

1865-1866
Dorsey
G.V. Dorsey

1862-1865
Stone
A.P. Stone

1857-1862
    
Gibson
William H. Gibson

1856-1857
Breslin
John G. Breslin

1852-1856
Bliss
Albert A. Bliss

1847-1852
Whitehall
Joseph Whitehall

1835-1847
    
Brown
Henry Brown

1823-1835
Sullivan
Samuel Sullivan

1820-1823
Curry
Hiram M. Curry

1817-1820
McFarland
William McFarland

1803-1817
    
Armstrong
John Armstrong

1796-1803