Was there an attempt to blow up the Ohio Statehouse during World War I?

On April 20, 1917, the Daily Banner reported that Maj. P.J. Berry, in charge of Third Regiment troops at the capital, had received a report from a teamster that while passing the Statehouse at 5:45 a.m. April 19, he “saw a suspicious-looking man kneeling before a cellar window beneath the Treasury Department on the south side of the building.”

The teamster said he “walked toward the man, who was dressed in black and had a black slouch hat pulled down over his eyes.”

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