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John C. W. Beckham (1869–1940) was the 35th Governor of Kentucky and
a United States Senator. Descended from a prominent political family,
Beckham was chosen as Democrat William Goebel's running mate in the
gubernatorial election of 1899 when the former was not yet of legal age
to serve as governor. Goebel lost the election to Republican William S.
Taylor, but the Kentucky General Assembly disputed the election
results. During the political wrangling that followed, an unknown
assassin shot Goebel. A day later the General Assembly invalidated
enough votes to give the election to Goebel, who was sworn into office
on his deathbed. Taylor claimed the election had been stolen by the
Democratic majority in the General Assembly and a legal fight ensued
between him and Beckham over the governorship. Beckham ultimately
prevailed and Taylor fled the state. Following his term as governor,
Beckham made a bid to become a U.S. Senator, but the seat went to
Republican William O. Bradley. Six years later Beckham secured the seat
by popular election, but he lost his re-election bid largely because of
his pro-temperance views and his opposition to women's suffrage. He
died in Louisville on January 9, 1940. (more...)
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