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A printed paper campaign fan for Virginia Johnson in her 1968 run for Governor of Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Virginia Lillian Morris Johnson (January 21, 1928 - June 27, 2007) was the first woman to seek the office of governor of Arkansas in 1968. She was born in Conway, Arkansas but grew up in Van Buren County. Virginia began her career as a legal secretary in Little Rock rior to marrying James D. Johnson, after which she was his legal secretary for his entire career. At the age of 40, Virginia ran as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Winthrop Rockefeller. There were four other Democrat hopefuls and in the party election, Virginia finished second with just over 20% of the ballots cast in favor of her segregationist platform. In a run-off election, Virginia lost to Marion Crank who became the Democratic nominee for governor in 1968. Crank narrowly lost to incumbent Governor Rockefeller in the general election. Although Virginia never ran for office again, she remained active in politics until her death in 2007.

Physical Description

Fan, 13" x 7"

Subjects

Campaign insignia; Political campaigns; Politicians; Politics and government; Women; Fans (Ephemera); State government

Contributor

Virginia Johnson

Geographical Area

Faulkner County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

PENE450

Resource Type

Image

Collection

NEARA printed ephemera

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Campaign fan, Virginia Johnson, NEARA printed ephemera, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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