Special Collections and Archives

Ohio Steel Strike Proclamation

Special Collections and Archives

Ohio Steel Strike Proclamation


Ohio Steel Strike of 1937


Proclamation by Governor

June 21, 1937


WHEREAS, the laws of the State of Ohio are being violated in the counties of Mahoning and Trumbell, State of Ohio, and violence has been resorted to by various persons in connection with the steel strike in said counties; and

WHEREAS, minor riots have occured and a most serious riot is threatened in connection with the advertised re-opening of two plants now closed; and

WHEREAS, the peace, comfort and safety of the citizens of said counties are in grave jeopardy because of promised action and threatened counter-action, and the peace and dignity of the State of Ohio are menaced; and

WHEREAS, official information indicates that the local peace officers will be wholly unable to cope with the situation that would otherwise arise on Tuesday morning and for some days thereafter;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Martin L. Davey, Governor of Ohio, by virtue of the power vested in me, under Article 9, Section 4, of the State Constitution, hereby "Call forth the militia, to execute the laws of the state, to suppress insurection, and repel invasion," in the counties of Mahoning and Trumbell, State of Ohio.

Signed by Martin L. Davey


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