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The Baltimore Sun

10. John W. Brown

John W. Brown, Ohio's lieutenant governor for 16 years, served as the state's governor for only a week and a half, but he made the most of it. When the governor quit early to take a U.S. Senate seat in 1957, his elected successor could not take office until 11 days later. Brown moved into the governor's office, replacing portraits of Democrats with those of Republicans. He called a joint session of the General Assembly and made a State of the State speech. He commuted the sentences of several murderers. He demanded the governor's salary for 11 days -- and got it.