Governor Patteson Campaign Button

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Title

Governor Patteson Campaign Button

Creator

Patteson, Okey, 1898-1989

Date

1948

Description

Campaign button from Governor Okey Patteson's campaign for governor in 1948.

Governor Okey Patteson was the 23rd Governor of West Virgnia, winning the election with 57 percent of the votes against Republican opponent Herbert Stephen Boreman. Patterson was a former Fayette County Sheriff and managed Clarence Meadows' successful gubernatorial campaign. Patteson became an assistant to Governor Meadows, and became known as the "Great Persuader." He succeeded Meadows as governor in 1949. As governor, he broke ground for the West Virginia Turnpike, but was best remembered for his controversial decision to place West Virginia's first medical school in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Source

West Virginia Governors' Papers, West Virginia & Regional History Center

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