Guy Brasfield Park

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Guy Brasfield Park
Guy Brasfield Park 1933.jpg
Park in 1933
38th Governor of Missouri
In office
January 9, 1933 – January 11, 1937
Lieutenant Frank Gaines Harris
Preceded by Henry Stewart Caulfield
Succeeded by Lloyd Crow Stark
Personal details
Born (1872-06-10)June 10, 1872
Platte City, Missouri, United States
Died October 1, 1946(1946-10-01) (aged 74)
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Missouri School of Law
Profession Judge

Guy Brasfield Park (June 10, 1872– October 1, 1946) was a politician from the U.S. State of Missouri.

Park was born in Platte City, Missouri to Thomas Woodson and Margaret Baxter Park. He studied at Gaylord Institute in Platte City and graduated from law school at the University of Missouri in 1896. Park practiced law in Platte City and served as Platte City's attorney and Platte County prosecuting attorney. He married Eleanora Gabbert in 1909. Together they had a daughter, Henrietta.[1]

In 1922, Park was elected as a judge for Missouri's fifth judicial circuit court and the Missouri State Constitutional Convention. In 1928, he was re-elected as circuit court judge, but resigned in 1932 to pursue a gubernatorial nomination. Park was selected by the Missouri Democratic Party as a candidate for Governor of Missouri after candidate Francis Wilson died in October 1932. Park defeated opponent Edward Winter by over 300,000 votes.[1]

Park's administration established state relief programs to address the economic hardships of the Great Depression and coordinated with Federal relief programs, such as the Works Progress Administration. During his term, Missouri also enlarged and improved state parks. Park was backed by Kansas City boss Tom Pendergast, and some feel that Park allowed Pendergast to run the state of Missouri, including the diversion of federal relief money to Kansas City, Missouri and businesses owned by Pendergast and his associates.[2]

Park was not eligible to seek re-election in 1936 and he returned to practicing law Platte City. His political service included two further Missouri State Constitutional Conventions in 1943 and 1944. He died on October 1, 1946, in Jefferson City, Missouri.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "C0008 Park, Guy Brasfield (1872-1946), Papers, 1932-1937". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Hulston, Nancy J. "Guy Brasfield Park: Missouri Governor 1872-1946". Missouri Valley Special Collections: Biography. Missouri Valley Special Collections, The Kansas City Public Library. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry S. Caulfield
Governor of Missouri
1933-1937
Succeeded by
Lloyd C. Stark