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Our Rich History: Kentucky Governor-elect William Goebel remains nation’s only assassinated governor

By Andrew Young Special to KyForward On Jan. 30, 1900, the Senate and House of Kentucky met together in a state of extreme emergency. The governor-elect, William Goebel, was teetering on the brink of death. The legislators, feeling it was only just and right, hurried to officially proclaim him governor before he passed on (which might be at any moment). They sought to give him the honor that someone...