Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Context: Governors in Trouble

Here is a somewhat hastily created list of previous governors who have found themselves in hot water. As I can find additional information, I will add it to each entry.

John Quitman, MS (1851) - indicted, resigned
Zebulon Vance, SC (1865) - arrested as Confederate
David Butler, NE (1871) - impeached, removed, then impeachment was expunged
William H. Holden, NC (1871) - impeached, removed
Rufus Brown Bullock, GA (1871) - resigned, acquitted
Adelbert Ames, MS (1876) - impeached, resigned
William Sulzer, NY (1913) - impeached, removed
James E. Ferguson, TX (1917) - indicted, resigned right before impeachment
John C. Walton, OK (1923) - impeached, removed
Warren T. McCray, IN (1924) - convicted, resigned, then pardoned
Henry S. Johnston, OK (1929) - impeached, removed
Henry Horton, TN (1931) - impeached, then acquitted
William Langer, ND (1934) - convicted, vacated office, then acquitted
Richard Leche, LA (1939) - resigned, convicted, pardoned
Marvin Mandel, MD (1977) - resigned, commutation of sentence
Ray Blanton, TN (1981) - vacated office, acquitted, then convicted after term
Evan Mecham, AZ (1988) - impeached, removed, then acquitted
Guy Hunt, AL (1993) - convicted, then removed
David Walters, OK (1994) - indicted, plead guilty to misdemeanor
Jim Guy Tucker, AR (1996) - convicted, then resigned
J. Fife Symington, AZ (1997) - convicted, resigned, won an appeal, then pardoned
Edwin W. Edwards, LA (1998) - convicted after term
Edward DiPrete, RI (1998) - convicted after term
John G. Rowland, CN (2004) - resigned, then convicted
James McGreevey, NJ (2004) - resigned
Bob Taft, OH (2006) - convicted of four misdemeanors
George Ryan, IL (2006) - convicted after term
Ernie Fletcher, KY (2006) - indicted, charges dropped
Don Siegelman, AL (2006) - indicted, charges dropped, convicted after term
Eliot Spitzer, NY (2008) - resigned, no charges filed

1 comment:


Good post, this is very good information. Things were bad, real bad in the 20s and 30s and history does have a way to repeat itself. There's a book just out that identifies an individual that sacrificed everything to support the laboring class in Louisiana and across America during the Great Depression. He took on the Roosevelt administration and fought the Bankhead act and called for the removal of Hugh Johnson as the head of the NRA. When he finally dismembered Governor Leche's former Long organization he became too controversial for Roosevelt. Read more about the man at www.thomastfieldsjr.com or Google "I Called Him Grand Dad". As a Law Partner of Huey Long he fought for the laboring class, as a member of the PSC he took his fight to the state level and as a Federal Prosecutor he took the fight to the national level. Ironically, when Lechge came up for parole it was Fields that plead the cas to Tom Clarke, Attorney general, to have hime released. Leche was later pardoned by Truman. Names such as Long, Roosevelt, Farley and Lech are found throughout the writing.

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