The latest Kansas Preservation newsletter had an interesting article about efforts to locate and preserve Kansas governors’ homes. Looking over the list reinforced again how rarely Wichita, the state’s largest city, has produced a governor â€” only four of 54 govs, in fact â€” the last one being Edward Arn, who served a half-century ago, from 1951-55 (and whose house at 344 N. Fountain is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places).
Oh sure, Wichita offers up plenty of lieutenant governors, such as Gary Sherrer and John Moore, as well as lieutenant governor wannabes such as Sen. Susan Wagle, but few governors.
Why is that? Is there a lack of ambition around here?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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