Saturday, April 17, 2010

Picture of the Day

This is North Carolina Populist Democatic Governor (1949-53) W. Kerr Scott from Alamance County (served as U. S. Senator from 1954-58; he died in office). Here he is attending the 1952 National Democratic Convention in Chicago where the Democrats nominated Illinois U. S. Senator Adlai Stevenson for President and Mississippi U. S. Senator John Sparkman for Vice President.

Gov. Scott was fondly referred to as "the Squire of Haw River". His most fervent supporters, of which my father was one, were referred to as "the Branchhead Boys". Gov. Scott was regarded as one of the most racially and generally progressive figures in the South during his era. He was beloved by North Carolinians.

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