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Winthrop Rockefeller
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U.S. Governor
    (May 1, 1912-February 22, 1973)
    Born in New York City, Kansas
    Grandson of <8735>John D. Rockefeller
    Brother of Nelson and David Rockefeller
    Governor of Arkansas (1967-71)
    Founded the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust
    He was expelled from Yale for misbehavior.
    Former Republican state chair Osro Cobb wrote that he ‘used ruthless tactics to convert the fine Republican state organization into a one-man Rockefeller machine, loyal not to party but to Rockefeller personally.’
    He did not have much in the way of political coattails: during his first election as governor, only three Republicans were elected to the 100-member state House of Representatives.
    He had trouble getting bills passed by a legislature dominated by Democrats.
    He was badly organized, constantly arriving late for meetings and failing to answer mail.
    His second marriage dissolved while he was governor, with his wife Jeanette even slapping him in in public.
    He promised to serve only two terms, then ran for a third (losing to Dale Bumpers).
    He said the happiest years of his life were spent working as a roughneck in the family oil fields (1934-37).
    He received the Purple Heart after suffering burns when kamikazes attacked his troopship during the landings on Okinawa.
    As head of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (1955-64) under Governor Orval Faubus, he helped create 90,000 new jobs.
    He secured passage of the state’s first minimum wage law.
    He integrated the state police force.
    He was the only Southern governor to hold a public ceremony mourning the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Credit: C. Fishel

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