Governor William Goebel of Kentucky


The 1899 election for Kentucky governor was probably the most partisan election in Appalachian history, with vote-stealing and accusations of voter fraud. The General Assembly itself even divided, the Republicans meeting in one city and the Democrats in another. What set this election apart, though, was how the governor came to be sworn in and what happened to him.

Today the story of William Justus Goebel, governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for four days.

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