A printed paper campaign fan for Virginia Johnson in her 1968 run for Governor of Arkansas.
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.
Fan, 13" x 7"
Campaign insignia; Political campaigns; Politicians; Politics and government; Women; Fans (Ephemera); State government
Faulkner County (Ark.)
NEARA printed ephemera
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Campaign fan, Virginia Johnson, NEARA printed ephemera, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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