No Destination: Gov. William Goebel

Outside Kentucky's Old State Capitol is a statute of one governor. It isn't Isaac Shelby (Kentucky's first governor), but rather a man who served in office for only a few days. On January 30, 1900, shots rang out from the nearby state building striking Gov. William Goebel. A few days later, he was dead.

Goebel remains the only actively-serving governor of a U.S. state to be assassinated. Although the identity of the shooter will likely never be known, it followed the hotly contested gubernatorial election of 1900. For more, read here.


Martha said…
Interesting. I think I saw this on KET not long ago.