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Howard Landis Bevis
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7th President of the Ohio State University

In office
February 1, 1940 – June 30, 1956
Preceded by William McPherson (acting)
Succeeded by Novice Gail Fawcett
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

In office
June 12, 1933 – November 1934
Appointed by George White
Preceded by Reynolds R. Kinkade
Succeeded by Roy Hughes Williams
Personal details
Born (1885-11-19)November 19, 1885
Bevis, Ohio
Died April 25, 1968(1968-04-25) (aged 82)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alma D. Murray
Alma mater University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Howard Landis Bevis (November 19, 1885 – April 24, 1968) was the 7th President of The Ohio State University. Bevis received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1908, a degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1910. He served in the Ordnance Department of the United States Army during World War I, and later was chief of the legal section of the finance division of the Army Air Corps.[1] He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1920. He went on to practice law in Cincinnati, Ohio and served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The governor appointed Bevis to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1933 to fill a vacancy. Bevis did not run for election to a full term and accepted a position as Ziegler Professor in Law and Government on the faculty of Harvard in business and public administration. Bevis was Ohio state finance director before becoming President of Ohio State in 1940.

During his tenure as President of The Ohio State University, Bevis, having served as a civilian in ordnance and the legal section of the Air Service, refused to cap the number of veterans admitted under the GI Bill, as other colleges had done. Despite the wishes of many on the faculty, enrollment grew from 12,000 in 1946 to 26,000 a year later.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985.[3]

Bevis Hall on Ohio State's Columbus campus is named in his honor.


  1. "Howard Landis Bevis". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. 
  2. Sutton, Robert (December 7, 1983). "Interview with William Guthrie". OSU Oral History. Ohio State University Archives. Retrieved November 3, 2006. 
  3. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William McPherson
Ohio State University President
February 1, 1940 – June, 30, 1956
Succeeded by
Novice Gail Fawcett

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