CHAPTER 5
From Oil Rebel to Governor

Kansas politics had changed considerably after Clyde M. Reed's defeat in August, 1930. Frank Haucke's nomination for governor had been generally considered by Republicans as tantamount to his election, but they soon came to realize that his success was not guaranteed. The state Democratic party, which after the 1928 elections had been called "a thing of the past," had been reinvigorated under the leadership of national committeeman Jouett Shouse. In 1930 the Democrats, by then keenly aware of the American Legion's political importance, nominated the energetic Harry Woodring, a former state Legion commander, for Governor.1

More sensational was the entry of a write-in candidate, Dr. John R. Brinkley of Milford. In the 1920s the degree-mill graduate had attracted a national clientele and a fortune with his goat-gland transplantations and compounds, which were advertised as methods of restoring virility. His powerful radio transmitter, KFKB, increased his advertising power, and it later provided radio diagnoses of ills that his listeners described to him in their letters. As his radio activities increased, alarm spread among physicians and competing radio stations. Attempts were made to restrict his efforts, and Brinkley had to contend with the hostility of the American Medical Association, the Federal Radio Commission,

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1
William F. Zornow, Kansas (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957), pp.243f.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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