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Bryan, Charles Wayland (10 February 1867–04 March 1945), political adviser, governor of Nebraska, and vice presidential nominee, was born in Salem, Illinois, the son of Silas Lillard Bryan, a lawyer and farmer, and Mariah Elizabeth Jennings. He was the brother of William Jennings Bryan...

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Johnson, Herschel Vespasian (18 September 1812–16 August 1880), Georgia governor, U.S. and Confederate senator, and vice presidential candidate, was born in Burke County, Georgia, the son of Moses Johnson, a planter, and Nancy Palmer. He studied at local schools before entering Monaghan Academy near Warrenton at fourteen. Attending the University of Georgia, he became a friend of ...

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Edmund S. Muskie. Campaign poster, 1968. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-106838).

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Muskie, Edmund S. (28 March 1914–26 March 1996), governor, U. S. senator, and secretary of state, was born Edmund Sixtus Muskie in Rumford, Maine, the son of Stephen Muskie, a tailor, and Josephine Czarnecki Muskie. The spelling of his immigrant father's surname, Marciszewski, had been distorted by an official at Ellis Island, and the new version was eventually adopted by the family. Quiet and studious as a boy, Muskie grew up in relative poverty and often felt isolated as a member of one of the few immigrant families in the area. He attended local schools before entering Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, from which he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in 1936. Awarded a scholarship for law school, Muskie received his LL.B. from Cornell in 1939 and gained admittance to the bar in both Massachusetts (1939) and Maine (1940)....

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Wright, Fielding Lewis (16 May 1895–04 May 1956), governor of Mississippi and vice presidential candidate, was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, the son of Henry James Wright, the sheriff of Sharkey County, and Fannie Clements. Wright attended elementary school in Rolling Fork and in 1911 left home to attend the Webb School at Bellbuckle, Tennessee. Wright entered the University of Alabama in 1912 and graduated with a degree in law in 1915. After passing the Mississippi bar examination in 1916, Wright became a full partner in his uncle’s law practice in Rolling Fork. Wright married Nan Kelly, his childhood sweetheart, in 1917; the couple had one child and adopted another....