Joseph W. Folk
Raised in a strict Baptist household in Brownsville, Tennessee, Folk made his reputation as a lawyer for transit workers in the St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900. He earned his nickname by attacking local corruption and party machines, prosecuting the city's Democratic boss, Edward Butler, and breaking up the corrupt "boodle ring".
Folk was elected the 31st Governor of Missouri as a progressive reformer and Democrat in the 1904 election. He died aged 54 in 1923 in New York City, and is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Brownsville, Tennessee.
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