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.

1 comment:

Martha said...

Interesting. I think I saw this on KET not long ago.

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