Jack Remembers: In 1960, some Missourians worried Pope might run the show

By Jack Hackley

In 1960, it was Floyd Gibson’s turn to be governor.
The lawyer from Independence was president pro-tem of the Senate and would first be lieutenant governor, then governor in 1964.
There was only one problem.  He was a Catholic.
The powers to be, which included the owners of a bank in Jefferson City that had all the state’s money and who for years had called the shots and supplied money for the elections, told Floyd the voters of Missouri won’t accept three Catholics on the state-wide Democratic ticket – Kennedy for president, Tom Eagleton for attorney general, and Gibson for lieutenant governor.

For the complete story, see the June 26 print edition of the Richmond News.

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