CHAPTER 8
A Second Term

Landon had been an exceptionally good governor during his first term. He had lowered the tax burden, reorganized the state government, fought successfully for farm and unemployment relief, started a water conservation program, reformed the finances of local governments, forced utility rates down, overcome the Finney scandal, met oil crises, and--because many of these could not have been done without federal assistance--proved to be a top-notch cooperator with the New Deal. Because of his record, he looked forward to a second term.

In March, Landon's forces began warming up for the 1934 campaign. Willard Mayberry, the governor's secretary, and Fred Seaton, president of the Kansas Young Republicans, spent two weeks organizing Young Republican clubs in western Kansas. By late March, Landon revealed the basis of his campaign: he was going to campaign on a record of accomplishment, a record that downplayed partisanship.

At the top of the list of achievements was his administration's cooperation with the federal government.1 Landon elaborated upon this in a speech at Fort Scott, in which he told the Young Republican district convention: "It should be a source of great satisfaction and pride to the citizens of Kansas that our legislature did not indulge in blind and bitter partisan squabbles but worked for the best interests of the state." Tying Democrats in with his administration's actions, he

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Topeka Capital, March 11, 25, 1934.

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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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