Betty Cooper Hearnes
She married Warren Hearnes, a recent West Point graduate, in 1947, while he was on leave from the Army, and was his partner throughout his career, including his two terms as Governor of Missouri and the drawn-out vendetta against him by the Nixon White House, until his death in August 2009.
In 1988 she was the Democratic nominee for governor and lost to John Ashcroft. Ashcroft received 64 percent of the vote in the general election—the largest landslide for Missouri governor since the Civil War.
In 2005, both Warren and Betty Hearnes were awarded the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative during the Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival. The medal was presented by a delegation of citizens from Marshfield, Missouri. The medal is the city of Marshfield's highest honor and is named for a native son. They both endorsed the campaign of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
- Keller, Rudi. "Hearnes remembered as 'outstanding' governor". Southeast Missourian Aug. 18, 2009
- UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FORM SB-2 Mid American Alliance Corporation - January 1, 2001
- [Biographical directory of the governors of the United States, 1988-1994 by Marie Marmo Mullaney - Greenwood Press (February 28, 1994)] ISBN 0-313-28312-5
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