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Asa Smith Bushnell (September 16, 1834 – January 15, 1904) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 40th Governor of Ohio.

Bushnell was born in Rome, New York and moved to Springfield, Ohio at age 17. A business executive, Bushnell served as the Ohio State Republican Party Chair in 1885. He succeeded William McKinley as governor, serving two two-year terms from 1896-1900.


Valentine Anti-Trust Act

During the Bushnell administration, Ohio took an early leadership role in trust-busting. The Valentine Anti-Trust Act was signed into law by Bushnell. This Act prohibited price fixing, and production limitation. All of these practices helped businesses by driving up the prices for their products, thus harming the consumer. In addition to Valentine Anti-Trust Act, Bushnell's attorney general pursued the monopolistic practices of the Standard Oil Company in the courts. Eventually, U.S. Senator John Sherman of Ohio introduced the Sherman Antitrust Act in the United States Congress in 1890. This law served as the first serious attempt by the federal government to break up monopolies and trusts, though successful enforcement of anti-trust laws was still more than a decade, and new political commitment, away.[1]

Business career

Bushnell was president of Warder, Bushnell and Glessner Company, which later became International Harvester, now known as Navistar Corporation. He was also president of the Springfield (OH) Gas Company and the First National Bank of Springfield (OH).[2]


Asa Bushnell and his wife built a mansion based on a Richardson Romanesque style in Springfield, Ohio. His house was not designed by Henry Hobson Richardson but by Richardson’s firm after Richardson's death. Bushnell chose this style because his business partner, John Glessner, hired Richardson earlier to do his house when Glessner moved to Chicago. The Glessner house is considered one of Richardson greatest designs. The Bushnell House is on the National Historic Register.[2]


  1. ^ "Valentine Anti-Trust Act" Ohio History Central. Retrieved 6/5/09.
  2. ^ a b "Asa Bushnell House" Greater Springfield, Ohio Web site. Retrieved 6/5/09.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William McKinley
Governors of Ohio
Succeeded by
George K. Nash


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