Why were John Galt and Howard Roark both from Ohio? Was Ayn Rand making a deliberate parallel here, and why Ohio in particular?

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Ayn Rand's husband, Frank O'Connor, was born in Lorrain, Ohio. When in the process of creating great works it sometimes helps to stay grounded through your most solid partner-rock. Best available summary here.

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    Welcome to the site! Please could you edit to include some relevant quotes from the page you link to, instead of just posting the link? Links can go dead over time, and we want this site to be an enduring repository of knowledge. Thanks! :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 12, 2018 at 17:08
  • @Randal'Thor I think that explicitly mentioning Frank O'Connor probably obviates the need to further summarize the link - now that AynRandAficionado pointed out that her husband was from Ohio, it makes a lot of sense that that would be why she'd make both of the characters from there too. Feb 13, 2018 at 4:58

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