CHAPTER 6
The Governor in Action

January 9, 1933, was a fine day in Topeka--fair, mild, and sunny. As the governor-elect's automobile arrived at the city auditorium, one small artillery piece--a symbol of economy--fired a seventeen-gun salute. The auditorium, filled with people, was aglow with the bright lights of movie and still photographers as the venerable chief justice of the Kansas supreme court, William A. Johnston, administered the oath of office to Landon. The new governor then turned to the audience to speak.

"Time and again during seventy-two years of statehood Kansas and her citizens faced severe difficulties and conquered them," but common sense, perseverance, courage, and cooperation had extricated the state from its previous troubles, and those values could serve the people well again. During the boom years, he declared, the country had led itself astray, thinking that its extravagant ways had developed new economic laws. Now, "the pathway from the swamp of despair must be built with planks of economy devoted to the principle that we must not spend that which we do not have."

At this point the auditorium lights went out, and a wave of chuckles rolled through the crowd, launched by thoughts of the connection between the governor's comment and this unintentional conservation of electricity. In the dim light coming in through the auditorium's few windows, the governor was seen to smile and wave his hands in grati-

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Table of contents

  • 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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